ISO/TS 16949 Rules Prompt Questions and Answers

Tuesday, 24 June 2014
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iso tsApril's release of the ISO/TS 16949 4th Edition Rules has prompted a host of questions from registrars seeking clarification from the International Automotive Task Forum (IATF).

A complete list of questions/answers can be found at IATF's web site (, however, four of the questions with the greatest impact to an organization are summarized here:

Notice of Changes by Client - ISO/TS Clients are required to notify their registrar of any changes to their legal, commercial, ownership, address, scope of operations, customer special status or management system/process. Failure to do so can result in a major nonconformity and possible withdrawal of a client's ISO/TS 16949 certificate by the registrar.

ISO/TS 16949 Certification Site Moves to New Address – the move is considered a full site move if 80% of the employees transfer, if equipment used in the new location is the same as the previous registered site, and products remain the same at the new location as the previous location. These conditions require the registration company to conduct a Stage 2 certification audit.

ISO/TS 16949 Certification Site Expands - A partial site move (example is an expansion) applies if less than 80% of employees transfer from the previous site, equipment used is a combination of existing (previous registered site) and new/used equipment being introduced and/or revised processes/layout being introduced or not. The result is a required full Stage 1 and Stage 2 certification audit.

Client Information for Audit Planning – In advance of an ISO/TS 16949 surveillance or recertification audit, clients are required to provide the registrar with internal system data that includes among other things their quality manual, quality policy and objectives, documented processes, process map with linkages and interactions, summary of internal process and product audits, management review output/action item list. Auditors use this data to plan their audit. If it is not available in advance, an additional hour of auditor time on-site is required.

Consult IATF's web site ( for a complete list of the questions/answers of the 4th Edition Rules. ASR's technical staff can also help answer your questions.


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