Added Value of the IATF 16949 Quality System

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written by Fulvio Boselli

22 April 2023

The IATF 16949 Quality System is an international standard that defines the requirements for quality management in the automotive sector. This standard is the result of collaboration between the world's leading automotive manufacturers, who wanted to create a common system to improve the quality of products and services in the supply chain.

The implementation of the IATF 16949 Quality System brings numerous benefits to organisations operating in the automotive sector, including:

  • Increased customer satisfaction through compliance with specific car manufacturer requirements and reduction of defects and non-conformities.
  • Increased process efficiency and effectiveness through the adoption of methodologies and tools for continuous improvement, risk prevention and opportunity management.
  • Increased competitiveness and market opportunities through international recognition of the standard and inclusion in the worldwide OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) database, which facilitates the selection of qualified suppliers.
  • Increased staff involvement and motivation through the definition of roles, responsibilities and competencies, and the promotion of a quality culture.

In conclusion, the implementation of the IATF 16949 Quality System represents an added value for organisations that want to establish themselves in the automotive sector, demonstrating their commitment to quality and meeting customer expectations.

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IATF 16949 vs ISO 9001

A document released by IATF shows that the added value of IATF 16949 certification is significantly greater for the automotive sector than that provided by ISO 9001 certification. IATF 16949 has 16 areas of requirements focused on the automotive sector compared to ISO 9001, ensuring alignment with the needs of automotive customers, and an enhanced, closely managed certification programme employing highly qualified and experienced auditors. Automotive OEM data show that 90% of manufacturing companies certified to IATF 16949 maintain customer satisfaction, while only 73% of manufacturing companies certified to ISO 9001 maintain customer satisfaction.

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: Valore aggiunto del Sistema Qualità IATF 16949

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