IATF Sanctioned Interpretations

Engineer touch screen control robot the production of factory parts engine manufacturing industry robots and mechanical armThe International Automotive Task Force released 3 new sanctioned interpretations in May 2022 that became effective in June. (SI 23-25). #23 was related to Product and Process Conformance and #24 & #25 were related to Control Plans.

#23 is not really a new requirement, but explicitly states that conformance to material requirements are also part of the organizations requirement to ensure conformance including any processes or products that are outsourced. The rationale for this includes the increasing material regulatory compliance importance.

#24 relates to Annex A: A.1 for Phases of the Control Plans: a summary of control information may be acceptable with direct references or linkages to the system that manages the detailed process control information, FOR highly automated processes.

#25 relates to Annex A: A.2 Elements of a control plan, Point e) Part Numbers “Or common control plan designation”. This would be applicable to common control plans used for multiple part numbers.

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The current AIAG Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) manual was released in 2008 and describes the 5 phases of Advanced Quality Planning for product launch.

  • There are additional supporting “Reference Manuals” for IATF including
  • Measurement System Analysis (MSA)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
There is a new AIAG / VDA FMEA 1st Edition manual and process that the supply chain is transitioning to from the 4th Edition AIAG FMEA manual and process

While the changes are more evolutionary than revolutionary (Except for the new FMEA process), it would be a great time to train newer quality, engineering and production staff and / or hold a refresher course. The new FMEA process will require additional training for auditors and practitioners.

IATF 16949 Background:

IATF 16949, PPAP, and Customer Requirements state that you must perform APQP & FMEA, but since they are reference documents you have more discretion as to “How” you implement the processes. The requirement is that APQP & FMEA processes are effectively implemented – Customer and Company metrics can provide information of Customer Satisfaction, efficiency and effectiveness.

IATF 16949: 2016 requires that Engineering and Quality staff be competent within their areas of responsibility. Additionally the Internal auditors that audit the core tools must also be competent. This may be a good time to refresh or train your staff.

IATF 16949 - Internal Auditor Training - Course Agenda

This is an excerpt from the Online IATF 16949 Internal Auditor Training Course.  Listen to Brandon Kerkstra describe this extensive online course.

  bullet green arrow 25 Module 1 – Introduction and the Automotive Process Approach with Risk Based Thinking

bullet green arrow 25Module 2 – IATF 16949: 2016 Requirements and Objective Evidence (Including Process Design)

bullet green arrow 25Module 3 – Product Design Requirements (Will Not be applicable to all facilities and organizations)

bullet green arrow 25Module 4 – Auditing the Core Tools

bullet green arrow 25Module 5 – Auditing Customer Specifics

bullet green arrow 25Module 6 – Auditing Basics – ISO 19011, including: understanding how to plan, conduct, report, and close out audit findings, sampling, interviewing etc…

IATF 16949: 2016 Sanctioned Interpretations Discussed

This short lesson covers the published Sanctioned Interpretations for the IATF 16949:2016 Standard.

Note: this covers the sanctioned interpretations though January 19, 2019, the additional 8 will be covered in a new review.

We are going to review each of the current 15 sanctioned interpretations and discuss what they will mean to your QMS. There may be items you have already addressed, there also may be items that you have not formally addressed, but there are standard practices that are done in your organization that address these.

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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
  • Supplier audits must be a part of an organization’s supplier development process –
    • 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 ( b) - second-party audit findings (see Section;
  • Supplier selection shall be based on ”An evaluation of the supplier’s quality management system” ( – 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


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