ISO/TS 16949 to become IATF 16949:2016

ISO/TS 16949:2009, the automotive quality management system standard that’s based on ISO 9001 is changing. The new standard will be known as IATF 16949:2016 and will be published in October 2016. All organizations currently certified to ISO/TS16949:2009 will need to successfully transition by 14th September 2018.

Latest update on the changes to ISO/TS 16949:2009

IATF and ISO announce IATF to publish IATF 16949 as a separate standard whilst maintaining alignment with ISO 9001:2015. 

In October 2016, IATF is expected to publish IATF 16949:2016 This new standard will supersede and replace the existing ISO/TS 16949, which defines the requirements of a quality management system (QMS) for organizations in the automotive industry. IATF 16949:2016 will be aligned with and refer to ISO 9001:2015. TS 16949:2016 will not be a stand-alone quality management standard, but it will be implemented as a supplement to, and in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015.

Read a copy of the press release from the IATF (

We understand that certification to IATF mandated requirement is critical for our automotive clients to continue to do business, deliver quality products, and continually improve. At BSI, we remain committed to supporting our clients through the transition from ISO/TS 16949 to TS 16949:2016. As we learn more about this important development, we will ensure that we keep our clients fully updated, so you can understand what this may mean for you.

What do I need to do now?

You should make sure that you keep up-to-date with the changes to this standard.

Find out more about the transition process here.

Why is ISO/TS 16949 changing

Some of the new enhancements to the automotive quality standard to address recent issues in the automotive industry include the following:

  • Requirements for safety-related parts and processes
  • Enhanced product traceability requirements to support latest regulatory changes
  • Requirements for products with embedded software
  • Warranty management process including addressing NTF (no trouble found) and use of automotive industry guidance
  • Clarification of sub-tier supplier management and development requirements
  • Addition of corporate responsibility requirements