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The 7 Key Focuses of IATF 16949:2016
(by Choong Ewe Lee)


After our thorough review of the IATF 16949:2016 against ISO/TS 16949:2009, we wish to highlight the 7 Key Focuses of IATF 16949:2016 as per below :

First, Risk Based Thinking : The new standard has imposed more requirements for the organization to conduct the risk analysis to ensure the achievement of customer performance target, such as assessing manufacturing feasibility while having new/changes of products, manage & control the supplier based on their risks exposure, prepare for Contingency Plan to assure the continuity of supply, implementing corporate responsibility including anti-bribery policy, whistle-blowing policy, etc.

Second, Customer Specified Requirements: The organization shall be more familiar with the Customer Specified Requirements (CSR) provided by the customers. The CSR shall be evaluated & incorporated into the QMS. Therefore, our consulting team has suggested our client to have a matrix form of documentation to address the customer products & process requirements that can link them to our QMS.

Third, 1st & 2nd Party Auditors’ Competency: The standard has defined very clearly on the minimum requirements for both the Internal & 2nd Party Auditors. From the competency defined, it is not that easy for a company to train & maintain their qualified auditors, especially for those company with high staff turnover. This will be explained in our next published article.
  Forth, Product Safety: For those organizations that manufacture any products with safety related characteristics, the potential risks shall be analysed via FMEA, and its control shall be identified in Control Plan, and being specially approved. All affected workers shall be trained. If it involves the suppliers, the safety requirements shall be transferred throughout the supply chain, with product traceability requirements by manufacturing lot.
Fifth, Manufacturing Feasibility Study : The manufacturing feasibility study shall be conducted while there is a change of engineering specification or any design & development of new products. In the previous version, we use the “Team Feasibility Commitment” Form as one of the evidence of manufacturing feasibility study. With new IATF 16949, we suggest our client to evaluate the new / change product by using DFMEA/ PFMEA through multidisciplinary approach before we proceed to the next process step.

Sixth, Warranty Management Systems : The aim of having this system is, to assure the customers with the new term called “NTF” (No Trouble Found). So, the organization shall have Warranty Management Processes which include the conduct of warranty part analysis. With this, we have suggested our clients to document Warranty Management System at the Work Instruction Level.

Seventh, Development of Product with Embedded Software : We believe that this is only applicable for those product with embedded software, that involve telematics, safety systems, entertainment, communication and information connectivity. For example, Engine Control Unit (ECU), Smart Phone Connection, Intelligent Key, Entertainment, Safety Detection or alert devices, Connection to Google Map, etc. If your organization has the said product, then you may nned to software development assessment methodology to assess the software development process.

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