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IATF 16949: 2016 Supplier audits

Automotive factory iatf 16949 45000481IATF Requirements:
  • Supplier audits must be part of the supplier management approach (Section 8.4.2.4.1)
  • Supplier audits must be a part of an organization’s supplier development process –
    • 8.4.2.5 Supplier Development. The organization shall determine the priority, type, extent, and timing of required supplier development actions for its active suppliers. Determination inputs shall include but are not limited to the following (8.4.2.5 b) - second-party audit findings (see Section 8.4.2.4.1);
  • Supplier selection shall be based on ”An evaluation of the supplier’s quality management system” (8.4.1.2) – audit is not explicitly required, but could meet this requirement.
  • Supplier auditors must be training and qualified to very specific requirements (7.2.4) (Essentially the same as internal auditors with the additional requirement of understanding the applicable manufacturing processes to be audited)
  • These qualifications must be maintained, including changes to any of the core tools

It should be noted that any audits would be based on performance and risks, so for many organizations, supplier audits will not be extremely common or frequent.

One method to be prepared to meet this requirement would be to contract the supplier audits to qualified individuals that can provide this service on the infrequent basis as necessary to meet your organization’s needs. Management Solutions Group staff are competent and prepared to provide these services.

In some cases, our staff can conduct the audit (With your input for objectives and areas of concern) and just provide you with a report and any necessary additional information.

In other cases, you may want to have us conduct the formal audit with the appropriate credentials alongside your staff. In these cases, your staff may want to participate to see the processes and evidence at the supplier. Working together we would meet the company objectives along with all the required credentials.

The other option is for the organization to ensure the staff that will perform these supplier audits have the documented competencies required by IATF 16949: 2016 section 7.2.4. If you need this training, Management Solutions can provide that as well.
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We review your requirements, then give you a menu of options to meet your budget and schedule.  MSG helps you determine:
  • Goals and objectives
  • Which certifications or standards are applicable
  • What individuals should be involved to tailor your training
  • A time schedule
  • Resources necessary to ensure a successful program launch