(Rev. Mar 28, 2020, replacing the former version)

IATF has approved global waivers for IATF 16949 certification activities in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (CoViD-19). Hereinafter are the key points relevant to our clients.

1. Certificates

An extension of 6 months (i.e. 183 calendar days) to every valid certificate (including those in suspension) is approved by IATF and will be reflected in IATF Database and visible for verification at this LINK later.
The current certificate is NOT required to reissue immediately, unless a revision to certificate is required due to another change.

2. On-site Audits

2.1 Stage 2 Audits
An additional extension of 90 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).

2.2 Surveillance Audits:

  • An additional extension of 90 days is granted to commence with the Surveillance Audit (as defined in Table 5.1) without starting the decertification process.
  • After this extension, the certification without surveillance audit will be suspended with maximum 90 days.
  • A suspended certificate remains valid and is recognized by IATF.

2.3 Recertification Audits:

  • The Recertification Audit shall be completed no later than 120 calendar days prior to the prolonged certificate expiration date as stated above.

2.4 Special audits:

  • An additional extension of 90 days is granted to commence with the special audit; and
  • an subsequent extension of 60 days (Editor: This number may need further clarification by IATF later) 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.

3. Nonconformity Management

  • An additional extension of 60 days is granted for the relevant required steps,  and for a resulting late certification decision up to 60 days.

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. Some other items not relevant to our clients are excluded in this communication.

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.

 

(2020年3月28日更新,替代前一版本)

IATF批准因應疫情的豁免措施

因應近期新型冠狀病毒疫情 (CoViD-19) 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。以下是與我們的客戶相關的主要信息:

1.  證書
IATF批准將所有每一張有效證書 (包括已暫停的證書) 的有效期延長6個月 (即183個日曆日),並將反映在IATF數據庫中,更新後就可以通過此鏈接進行驗證。
當前的證書不需要立即重發,除非由於其他更改而需要對證書進行修改。

2. 現場審核
2.1 第二階段審核
以下時間可以在現有規則下額外延期90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;

2.2 監督審核

  • 可以在現有規則下的啓動監督審核的到期日期 (見規則5.1) 額外延期90天,而不啟動認證退出程序;
  • 延期後而未進行監督審核的認證將被暫停最多90天;
  • 暫停的證書仍然有效,並得到IATF的認可。

2.3 再認證審核

  • 再認證審核應在延長了有效期 (見上文) 的證書到期日的120個日曆日之前完成

2.4 特別審核

  • 特別審核的到期日期在現有規則下延長90天
  • 之後的認證決定的也可相應延長最多60天 (本通訊作者:這個天數可能需要再澄清);
  • 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。

3. 不符合項管理

  • 相關步驟,包括與此相關的認證決定,可在現有規則上延期60天完成。

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. 其他一些跟我們的客戶不相關的內容就不在此溝通中闡述了。

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