New Rules for ISO/TS 16949

Monday, 10 February 2014
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Effective April 1, 2014, ASR will begin auditing against the new ISO/TS 16949 rules.

ASR prepared an informational piece regarding the updated rules and within the last 30 days e-mailed it to automotive clients. If you have questions or did not receive the e-mail, contact Dave Gawlak or Tom Droog at ASR.

The new rules now define a "client" as the entire entity, including all related manufacturing sites and remote supporting locations, applying for certification. This new rule eliminates "site" extensions.

Another rule change is consultants to a client cannot be physically present at the client's site during the audit or participate in the audit in any other way including videoconference, e-mail, phone, etc

There are several things in the planning process that the CB will require from the client prior to the onsite audit as input to the audit plan:
  • Documentation of the QMS including linkages and interfaces to any remote support functions and/or outsourced processes.
  • Customer and internal performance data
  • Customer satisfaction and complaint summary including a copy of the latest customer reports and/or scorecards
  • Identification of any customer special status condition
  • Notification about new customers
  • Results of internal audit and management review
All items except the first are to be "since the previous audit". For re-certification audits the information will be for the period of certification (3 years).

This quick highlight of key changes is not a complete list so it is important to check out the e-mail ASR recently sent to you and contact ASR with any questions.

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