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We have been actively assisting our automotive clients to upgrade the IATF 16949:2016 since December ’17, we wish to summarize & share our experience of IATF upgrading in this articles. Besides the series of topics being highlighted in our previous articles, we have also randomly identified the 10 changes of IATF as below :
•    The Process Owners shall not only perform their roles, but to manage their processes.
•    The Operations shall have assigned personnel to stop production, but also to stop
•    The lead time to review the engineering specification being changed from 2 working
      weeks to 10 working days.
•    Calibration by Testing Equipment Manufacturers being allowed with provided condition.


•    Control Plan & FMEA shall be updated, if there is any product rejected by customers.
•    Special Characteristics shall be identified in Control Plan, FMEA & Standardized Work Documents.
•    If we do not shutdown any machinery/equipment accordingly to shutdown procedure, the product conformity shall
     be verified.
•    All the PPAP & production related records/documentation shall be kept as per active parts, plus one year.
•    The full cycle of Internal QMS & Manufacturing Process Audit can be completed over each three-year calendar period.
•    The Management Review Input has been increased to 11 review inputs.


As summary, we have also recommended our clients to focus on the upgrading as below :
•    Ready with the Corporate Responsibility Policy, such as Anti-bribery Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and
     Ethics Escalation Policy.
•    Conduct Risks & Opportunities Assessment for product recalls, field returns and repairs, complaints, scrap
     and rework, etc.
•    Review the contingency plan annually & propose to test all the contingency plan in every five calendar year.
•    Set up Supplier Development Team (SDT) to develop the suppliers, and to conduct 2nd party for suppliers.
•    Include the 16 supplier selection criteria as per IATF Clause requirements, while appointing the new suppliers.
•    Document the process of Qualifying Process for Auditor Competence, and update the list of qualified internal & 2nd
     party auditors.


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