Helping you secure IATF 16949

September 15th marked a major change in the way quality was recognised in the automotive sector, with TS making way for a new accreditation that is recognised by the leading car manufacturers and supply chain.

Enter IATF 16949, which brings with it a number of changes to its predecessor, especially around risk-based thinking, in-built specific customer requirements, manufacturer feasibility and more accountability on product safety.

It has become the prerequisite that all the major car manufacturers and tier 1s look for and, whilst some companies in the supply chain have already refined their existing systems to meet the standard, there hundreds of companies in the UK that still need support.

Paul Davies, Quality Expert at In-Comm Training, explained: “IATF is a process-orientated approach using risk-based thinking focused on the annex SL framework, which is now a common feature across a range of ISO standards – all geared towards improving quality and sustainability.

“We have been working very closely with manufacturers that are looking to become IATF 16949 accredited and this ranges from those looking to make the transition and just need their systems tweaked to those that are starting from ‘scratch’.

“Our training and consultancy can be tailored to meet all requirements and we have definitely noticed a major surge in interest for our services as firms begin to make sense of the new standards and what it means for their businesses.”

He continued: “A pressings manufacturer in Shrewsbury has already benefited from our assistance, making the change from TS to IATF through the development of new quality processes and training of auditors to the new standard.”

This is one of the biggest and often overlooked changes, with companies not aware that at least one of their employees must be trained to IATF Auditor level.

If they do not have someone of this level then they will not secure the standard and, if they do, and the person leaves, it is automatically invalid.

“This is a very telling and scary scenario for manufacturers,” continued Paul, who is an IRCA-registered Lead Auditor.

“We have recognised this and come up with a two-day training course that will equip individuals with all the skills and knowledge they need to be at the IATF Auditor standard. What we are advising is that up to six members of staff can take part, ensuring responsibility is shared.”

He concluded: “From a financial point of view, it also means that management teams aren’t held to ransom by that star employer who might leave, taking the standard with them.”

To find out how In-Comm Training can help you with IATF 16949, please email