ISO/TS 16949 Is Obsolete. Welcome IATF 16949

ISO/TS 16949:2009 – Quality management systems — Particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2008 for automotive production and relevant service part organizations

GENERAL INFORMATION              Current Status: Withdrawn


The above information was what I got when I last visited the International Organization for Standardization website to purchase a copy of the ISO/TS 16949:2009.

Checking on the ANSI webstore also brought me this:

“The document you tried to access is not available or may have been replaced by a newer version.”


What had happened to the ISO/TS 16949?  Should I run up and tell my boss and the Accounts Department that ISO/TS 16949 is dead and to stop all work and payments to the certification bodies?  Hurrrah!

Fortunately I had a boss who knew what had or was happening to this Automotive Quality Management System standard.  (He obviously forgot to inform us because he was preoccupied with complaints and demand of new OEM requirements).

My boss, whom I wish not to name due to a NDA document we signed.  Well maybe that is not it … I’m just too afraid to find myself on the street without a job and without funds to service my loan on my Chevy Covette Z06.   Ha, ha, don’t hate me for it.  I work hard assuring good great parts go into making the Covette Z06.

Anyway back to what had happened to ISO/TS 16949.   So my boss sits me down and explains to me.   Well, he is pretty over the hill and kinda long winded, so I won’t bother writing all what he had explained.   Unlucky for me, lucky for you.

So the short version of his explanation was:

The ISO/TS16494 has been replaced by what is now known as the IATF 16949 standard.  It is no longer an ISO standard but an IATF standard.  The IATF has decided to do way with the ISO/TS 16949 and establish its own IATF 16949 that will be used as a supplemental to the new ISO9001:2015.

So my follow-on question was what do we need to do since we are an ISO/TS 16949 certified company?

The short version of this explanation; lucky you again.

Organization that are ISO/TS 16949 certified will have to get their organization certified to IATF 16949 before September 14, 2018.   And, the last deadline for all ISO/TS 16949 surveillance audits is set to be September 30, 2017.

So what will happen since our next ISO/TS 16949 surveillance audit in planned in October 2017?  I asked.

I spare you his long explanation; lucky you again.

We will bring forward our ISO/TS 16949 surveillance audit to September 2017 and plan for an IATF 16949 certification audit to be in early September 2018.

Bumper! More documentation and more requirements for us to prepare for this new IATF 16949?

NO.  Hurrah!  Finally, luck me!

My boss assures me that there is not much changes needed in our organization since most of what are required by IATF 16949 are almost the same as ISO/TS16949.  And that we had already implemented the new requirements in ISO9001:2015 and IATF 16949 through our ongoing Continual Improvement Plans since last year.

Above all, my boss assures me that the change to ISO9001:2015 and IATF 16949 is for the good of our organization and that it will help all of us in the automotive supplier chain make a better Covette Z06.

So bring it on baby!  …and Welcome IATF 16949.