IATF has approved global waivers for IATF 16949 certification activities in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or CoViD-19). The certification body is required to document the justification and all related information in the following affected certification-related activities internally. Hereinafter are the key points relevant to our clients and us.

1. On-site Audits

1.1 Stage 2 Audits
An additional extension of 60 days is granted to:
– the interval of on-site audits Stage 2 Audit from the conducted Stage 1 audit;
– Upgrade Audit from a letter of conformance (LOC) to an IATF 16949 certificate; and
– Stage 2 Audit from a LOC to another LOC (with audit time reduction).

1.2 Surveillance Audits:
An additional extension of 60 days is granted to commence with:
– the Surveillance Audit (as defined in Table 5.1) without starting the decertification process;
– the rescheduled Surveillance Audit for the existing decertification according to clause 8.1.e);

1.3 Recertification Audits:
An additional extension is granted to commence with the Recertification Audit latest prior to the expiration date of the currently valid IATF 16949 certificate;
(IATF is aware that this might result in a time without a valid IATF 16949 certificate.)

1.4 Transfer Audits:
An additional extension is granted to commence with the Transfer Audit (as defined in Section 7.1.1) latest prior to the expiration date of the currently valid IATF 16949 certificate;
(IATF is aware that this might result in a time without a valid IATF 16949 certificate.)

1.5 Special audits:
An additional extension of 60 days is granted to commence with the special audit; and
an subsequent extension of 60 days is granted to a certification decision based on a postponed on-site special audit.

(IATF is aware that it will result in a certificate suspension exceeding 110 calendar days, with the suspended certificate remains valid and recognized by IATF.)

In all above-mentioned situations the certification body shall enter a comment in the IATF Database, i.e. in the relevant comment field of the affected audit and/or the affected certificate.

2. Nonconformity Management
An additional extension of 60 days is granted for the relevant required steps.

3. Certification Decision
As described in 1.4 above.

4. Auditor assignment
The planned audit team member(s) can be changed due to official travel restrictions (see IATF Rules, Section 5.6 – force majeure), with required additional audit days based on experience with the client.

5. Certification Body internal witness audit
An additional extension of 90 days is granted to the certification body’s internal witness audit timing.

6. IATF witness audits and office assessments
IATF will cancel or postpone some IATF witness audits or office assessments.

IATF continues to closely monitor the situation and will decide on further adjustments if needed.

About DQS

DQS is the 1st Certification Body approved by IATF for ISO/TS 16949 certification service, which is replaced by IATF 16949 certification at present.

Meanwhile, DQS Academy provides professional IATF 16949:2016 Internal Auditor and Core Tools Training Courses and Online Skill Test for Internal Auditors.

 

IATF批准因應疫情的豁免措施

因應近期新型冠狀病毒的爆發,國際汽車工作組(IATF)已批准在全球範圍內對 IATF 16949 認證活動實施豁免措施。對下來受到疫情影響的認證活動,認證機構內部需記錄豁免的理由以及其它相關信息。以下是與我們的客戶和我們認證機構相關的主要信息:

1. 現場審核
1.1 第二階段審核
以下時間可以在現有規則下額外延期60天:

  • 第二階段現場審核與已經完成的第一階段現場審核之間的間隔;
  • 從符合性證明信(LOC)升級到IATF 16949證書的第二階段現場審核;
  • 從現有的LOC再次申請LOC的帶審核人天減免的第二階段現場審核;

1.2 監督審核
以下可以在現有規則下額外延期60天:

  • 監督審核的到期日期;
  • 啓動了解除認證過程後根據IATF認證規則8.1.e)再次安排監督審核的到期日期。

1.3 再認證審核
再認證審核的開始日期最遲可以推遲到現有IATF 16949證書的到期日期前一天。
(IATF明白這可能會導致客戶在一段時間內沒有有效的IATF 16949證書)。

1.4 轉機構審核

轉機構審核(參考IATF認證規則7.1條款)的開始日期最遲可以推遲到現有IATF 16949證書的到期日期前一天。
(IATF明白這可能會導致客戶在一段時間內沒有有效的IATF 16949證書);

1.5 特別審核

  • 特別審核的到期日期在現有規則下延長60天;
  • 之後的認證決定的也可相應延長最多60天。

(IATF明白這會導致證書暫停時間超過110天,被暫停的證書在此情況下依然保持有效並被IATF承認。)

在發生上述情況時,認證機構應在IATF的數據庫中進行備註,即在受影響的審核及/或證書的備註欄中做出說明。

2. 不符合項管理
相關步驟可在現有規則上延期60天完成。

3. 認證決定
如1.4中所述。

4. 審核員安排
如果因為官方的旅行限制,認證機構可以更換審核小組成員(參考IATF認證規則,5.6條款 – 不可抗力), 但應根據審核員對客戶的瞭解程度增加審核時間。

5. 認證機構內部的見證審核
認證機構內部的見證審核時間可以在現有規則上延期90天。

6. IATF的見證審核和辦公室審核
IATF會取消或延期部分見證審核或辦公室審核。

 

IATF將持續緊密監控疫情發展形式,如有需要將會採取進一步調整措施。

 

關於DQS

DQS是全球第一個得到IATF認可向客戶提供ISO/TS 16949(目前已替代爲 IATF 16949)認證服務的機構。
同時,DQS 學堂 提供專業的IATF 16949:2016內審員和核心工具培訓,以及內審員線上技能測試