Principle of certification according to IATF 16949:2016

Several factors make registration to IATF 16949 attractive. Major automotive companies in the world recognize this standard. Its success has led to a move towards the development of globally accepted quality management system.

Certification to IATF 16949 demonstrates that your organization is committed to quality and prepared to take on today’s complex, rapidly evolving market.

Technological innovation, growing competition, changing consumer demand and the globalization of supply chains are disrupting the automotive industry like never before. The IATF 16949, a leading international automotive quality management standard, was developed to help ensure that automotive suppliers, service providers and parts manufacturers properly address these challenges.

Our certification services support your organization in detecting and mitigating risk, sealing your reputation for quality and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

Crucial elements of the standard

  • Pro-active approach to Risk Identification and Mitigation

  • Defect Prevention

  • Process Control through watch dog devices like SPC, MSA, Error-Proofing

  • Customer Focus

  • Supplier development and Control

  • Total Productive maintenance

  • Defining Responsibility and Authority

  • Product safety

  • Contingency Plans

Benefits of Certification

  • Common language to improve understanding of quality requirements.

  • Fulfillment of guidelines laid down by AIAG (automotive industry action group) and IATF

  • Helps an organization to get approved as a supplier to customers’ especially OEM’s

  • Document your performance in a globally credible way.

  • Reduction in costs involved in multiple second/third party audits and customer visits

  • Identify causes of variations and errors at the earliest stage of process and control

  • Better reputation among customers

  • Competitive advantage

  • Improved awareness level and understanding among employees

Certification Process

The certification process consists of 3 basic phases:
1) Elaboration of documentation
2) Implementation of System Documentation
3) Certification by an accredited certification body

The times of elaboration of documentation and putting the system into practice depends upon the client organization.

The certification audit takes places in two stages.

1st stage audit

  • Registration of application for certification
  • Agreement for conducting a 1st stage audit
  • Appointing a team of auditors
  • Assessment of System documentation
  • Preparing an audit plan
  • On-site audit in connection with examination of documentation
  • Elaboration of the 1st stage audit report documenting nonconformities and audit findings

2nd stage audit

  • Agreement for conducting a 2nd stage audit
  • Appointing a team of auditors
  • Assessment of System documentation
  • Preparing an audit plan
  • On-site audit from the point of view of the environmental aspect
  • Elaboration of the 2nd stage audit report
  • Assessment of the audit reports by the expert reviwers
  • Issuing the certificate

During the three year validity period of the certificate, a surveillance audit takes place once a year, whose aim is to make sure that the environmental management system is maintained and further developed.


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  • Certification of environment management systems (ISO 14001)
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  • Certification of food safety management system (ISO 22000)
  • Certification of quality management systems in manufacturers of medical devices (EN ISO 13485)
  • Certification of occupational health and safety management system (OHSAS 45001)
  • ISO 22716
  • SA 8000
  • Assessment of conformity of products to the requirements of European directives (CE marking of products)
  • Testing of products