Automotive quality certification allows organisations to gain greater value on the market, thanks to the added value of the ISO 9001 certification, as well as to be included in the worldwide database intended solely for OEMs, which gives access to the information on the certification of suppliers. IATF 16949 and AVSQ-MIA are the main standard for quality management systems in the automotive sector: a mandatory requirement to compete on the market regardless of the size of the organization, from small producers to multinationals.
ISO/TS 16949 certification is applicable to the suppliers of components for production or servicing (spare parts), suppliers of heat treatments, painting, chrome plating or other finish services, and automotive manufacturers of cars, motorbikes and industrial vehicles.
AVSQ-MIA certification is applicable to suppliers of equipment/machinery used for assembly, heat treatment, pressing, forging, painting, welding. This certification is delivered in the sphere of ACCREDIA accreditation.
IATF 16949 standard was developed by the IATF (International Automotive Task Force) to promote improvement in the certification process, both in the OEM and its supply chain. Since the Eighties, constant productivity and competitiveness, together with continuous attempts to reach maximum levels of quality, has driven the main OEM to personally define various management standards that can be integrated into the ISO 9000 family, but that are also aimed at specific requirements of the reference market.
The previous standards relative to the automotive sector evolved through the issue of the QS9000, AVSQ-94 and VDA 6.1 schemes, up to the unification of all the various standards issued in the various States in IATF 16949. The IATF 16949 is issued by CISQ AUTOMOTIVE, a federation of Certification Bodies recognized by IATF (International Automotive Task Force) for certification activities according to IATF 16949, issues certificates in compliance with IATF 16949:2016 against the completion of the certification iter and on the basis of RINA audits results.