IATF 16949 Management System Certification: quality in the automotive industry deriving from the guarantee that suppliers are geared towards continuous improvement and capable of controlling their processes and understanding customer needs

The technical specification IATF 16949, together with ISO 9001:2015, defines the essential requirements of quality management systems for the design, development, production and, if applicable, installation and support of all automotive products. Developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), IATF 16949 is fully applicable worldwide and is required by all western manufacturers.

IATF 16949 can be applied to the entire automotive supply chain, including vehicle and component production sites and sites where treatment and finishing is carried out.
Support functions – such as design centres, central management offices and distribution centres – that support the site, fall within the scope of the site audit but cannot obtain stand-alone certification under this technical specification.

The benefits of IATF 16949 certification

A Quality Management System designed and implemented in accordance with IATF 16949 defines the requirements for the processes of design, development, production and, where applicable, installation, assembly and support of automotive products. The international recognition of IATF 16949 underwrites the credibility of any organisation that has obtained certification, especially when taking part in supply tenders or taking steps to expand its business; it also helps reduce the number of production rejects and improve production efficiency. IATF 16949 also creates a shared approach to the quality management system along the entire automotive production chain and provides access to industry best practice.


Why opt for IATF 16949 certification from CISQ Automotive?

The more authoritative the awarding body, the higher the value of your management system certification in the market. The organisation recognised by ANFIA (the Italian automotive supply chain association) for the issuance of certification to IATF 16949 is the consortium CISQ AUTOMOTIVE, of which IMQ is a member. Its auditors operate at a national and international level and thus have the capacity to meet the needs of organisations with factories located around the world. They also have long experience, industry-specific expertise and undergo constant updating in accordance with the specifications defined by the certification scheme.  


Certification for CSQ schemes is awarded to organisations that operate in accordance with the applicable standards. Certificates are valid for three years. The audits are planned on the basis of the customer’s requirements and in accordance with international standards. After the award of the certificate, the organisation undergoes periodic audits and an overall system review every three years. The auditors make on-site visits to organisations to analyse their ability to plan and manage their business processes. Management system certification is the endorsement enjoyed by organisations that have chosen to equip themselves with efficient management systems and suitable skills and structures, aimed at continuous improvement. And the higher the prestige of the awarding body, the higher the value of the guarantee. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, our laboratories have full capability to put products through all the checks required by the major European directives and international standards. The certifications issued by IMQ are synonymous with trust. They guarantee safety, performance, efficiency and quality standards. More than 10,000 companies have turned to IMQ to certify their products and stand out on the market. Notified body for the main EU directives, IMQ offers tests and CE certifications to assess the conformity of the products to the requirements required to be marketed on the European market. Inspections and audits validate the conformity of electrical installations, equipment, supplies and services with the applicable technical and legislative specifications.