IATF Strategic Focus

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IATF-Strategic-Focus-DefinedThe International Automotive Task Force (IATF) is an "ad hoc" group of automotive manufacturers and their respective trade associations, formed to provide improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide. Specifically, the purposes for which the IATF was established are:
  1. To develop a consensus regarding international fundamental quality system requirements, primarily for the participating companies' direct suppliers of production materials, product or service parts or finishing services (e.g. heat
  2. treating, painting and plating). These requirements will also be available for other interested parties in the automotive industry.
  3. To develop policies and procedures for the common IATF third party registration scheme to ensure consistency worldwide.
  4. To provide appropriate training to support ISO/TS 16949 requirements and the IATF registration scheme.
  5. To establish formal liaisons with appropriate bodies to support IATF objectives.

The Strategy Going Forward to Maintain the Credibility and Improve the Value of ISO/TS 16949 Certifications.
Why this strategy?
  • Based on OEM perceptions and IATF data analysis, there needed to be a strategy to:
  • Raise efforts to Strengthen TS Value & Credibility
  • Ensure that TS Certification = Good / Improving Supplier Performance
  • Eliminate the perception that “Everyone Gets a Certificate”
The IAOB is currently working to implement this strategy by:
  • The Calibration of all Oversight Witness Auditor personnel on Major vs. Minor definition and writing of nonconformities
  • Focusing in 2013 on Corrective Actions and NC closure
  • Determining the need for additional witness auditing
Based on a review of the nonconformities issued from 33,777 audits (incl. 137 Witnessed) entered into the IATF database:

•  Number of nonconformities per audit:
– Non Witnessed 2.54
– Witnessed 8.23 (Over 3 times higher)
•  Ratio of Major NCs / Total NCs
– Non Witnessed 3.93%
– Witnessed 21.46% (Over 5 times higher)
•  Ratio of Audits with Zero NCs / Audits with NCs
– Witnessed 3.76%
– Non Witnessed 21.34% (Over 5 times higher)

What does the combined data tell you?
(In the eyes of the IATF)
  • Do you see Soft grading?
  • Are CB audits appropriately evaluating Supplier compliance to the TS standard?
  • Are audits driving corrective action and continuous Supplier improvement?
  • Are audits benefiting TS customers (i.e. the Supplier, their upstream Tier Supplier, and OEMs) who count on TS to help strengthen and improve the Supply Base?
What CBs are to do immediately:
  • Certification Body Leaders must communicate the message that the IATF is "Raising the Bar" for ISO/TS 16949  Certification
  • Increase emphasis on performance feedback from Customers (OEM's & Upper Tier Suppliers)
What CBs are to do to maintain the credibility and improve the value of TS Certification:
  • Audits must be more reflective of performance feedback
  • Process based and focused on Systemic weaknesses
  • Certificate decisions must be based on merit, not "everyone gets one"
If performance is weak or lacking, the organization can lose their certification

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