ISO/TS 16949 Revised, Renamed, Released in October

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TS clients are strongly encouraged to immediately begin transitioning to the revised ISO/TS 16949 standard now called IATF 16949.

While IATF 16949 will be released next month, the updated standard aligns with        ISO 9001:2015 so clients can begin now to change their QMS.

The following summarizes important client transition information and dates:  

Transition and alignment of ISO/TS 16949 to ISO 9001:2015 continues to progress.  At a recent meeting with the IAOB additional information and clarifications on timing was presented.  Below are the estimated dates for release of information and transition requirements for both ASR and all certified clients.

  • October 2016 - Standard Release –  New name is IATF 16949
  • November/December 2016 – Third Party Auditor Training available
  • October 1, 2017 – No more audits to ISO/TS 16949:2009, All audits to be conducted to new standard
  • September 15, 2018 – All transition audits must be completed, certification decisions made and audit data and certificates uploaded to the IATF database.
  • There is an allowance for the certificate to expire and a new certificate to be issued so long as it occurs within 120 days of end of the transition audit.
  • Each transition audit will require an off-site documentation review in advance to determine readiness for transition.
  • If the off-site documentation review information is not provided or readiness is not evident a minimum of .5 audit days will be added the transition audit.
  • Transition audits will be conducted on your regular audit schedule with audit time equivalent to recertification.  This will start a new three-year certificate cycle.  
The overall theme presented from the industry stakeholders was that certified clients should get started now on upgrading their internal systems to the requirements in ISO 9001:2015 as the new standard is using the new structure.  ASR also recommends beginning the process now as the transition timeline is very short and the entire industry will be challenged to get all clients upgraded prior to September 15, 2018.  

If your normal audit cycle is during the months of January – July it is possible that you will be able to transition in 2018. However, if your current audit cycle is August – December you will be required to transition in 2017. If you have any questions or want additional information, please contact ASR (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and we will be happy to discuss any concerns. The full transition document is also available on the IATF website at

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