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IATF 16949 - International Automotive Task Force

If you would like to be certified as an automotive parts manufacturer or you are a certified manufacturer but wish to change certification body, you can rely on Vinçotte's support. Our IATF certification experts pride themselves on a wide range of experience in the automotive certification process. They can take charge of any audits and paperwork required for you to qualify for a certificate as certified automotive manufacturer, to have it renewed or extended.

FROM ISO/TS 16949 to IATF 16949

As an automotive industry supplier, you are required to establish a uniform quality system. Until recently, the technical requirements for this quality management system were laid down in the ISO/TS 16949 standard but this was replaced in October 2016 by the more detailed lATF 16949.

IATF 16949

Modelled on the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 standard, the new standard features a series of new requirements and is clearer than the previous one in many respects. The IATF 16949 focuses more on customer satisfaction, whilst also seeking to minimise any variation and fight against waste. Manufacturers certified on the basis of this standard are recognised as meeting a series of strict requirements applicable specifically to the  automotive industry and the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Your tailor-made solution

The ‘IATF 16949:2016’ certification solution enables Vinçotte to offer all kinds of IATF certification procedures, from the initial audit via surveillance audits to the renewal audit. As an automotive manufacturer you are required to implement specific processes to ensure your production is consistent with the QMS standard. You can rely on the excellent support of Vinçotte's experts in achieving this goal.


This comprehensive solution is designed for all (Belgian and international) manufacturers of automotive production parts, service parts and accessories.

Relevant legislation and standards

  • IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Quality Management System standard, 1st edition, 1 October 2016;
  • Automotive Certification Scheme, IATF 16949: Rules for Achieving and Maintaining IATF recognition, 5th edition, 1 November 2016.

About Vinçotte

Vinçotte is an ISO/IEC 17020 inspection body accredited by Belac, the Belgian Accreditation Authority. We are recognized as an IATF certification body by VDA-QMC, the German contracting organisation of the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), as a result of which we enjoy good relations with IATF Oversight. These close ties, on top of our wide experience, guarantee the efficient handling of your certification process as an automotive manufacturer.

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