The demanding and competitive market in which automotive manufacturers and their suppliers find themselves, requires them to adopt Quality Management Systems aimed at continuous improvement, reducing variation and waste, and focusing on defect prevention, from an overall perspective and throughout the entire value chain.
Under ISO 9000 standards, guidelines aimed at the automotive sector were developed, including, for example, specific requirements related to the expertise, awareness-raising and training of employees, the design and development of products, the production and delivery of the service, and measuring, monitoring, analysis and improvement activities.
Consequently, certification in accordance with the IATF 16949 benchmark is compulsory if an organization wishes to be included on the lists of regular suppliers for automotive manufacturers.
IATF 16949 is aligned with ISO 9001 and is subject to its structure and requirements. An organization in the automotive industry seeking IATF 16949 certification must also comply with ISO 9001.
APCER provides IATF 16949 certification in partnership with certifying bodies in the IQNet network. This helps to strengthen the exchange of experiences and the support of the auditing process for the quality management systems of the best international professionals.