(Rev. Jul 19, 2020, replacing the former version)

IATF has updated the 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, with key updates highlighted in green.

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 .
The current certificate is NOT required to reissue immediately. (Normally, the certificate will be revised after next on-site audit.)

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).
  • If a remote location cannot be planned to audit prior to the manufacturing site, a waiver can be sent to IATF for consideration of approval in advance.

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.
  • If the on-site audit cannot be planned to conduct before the extended deadline for certification withdrawal due to travel restriction, the IATF 16949 Monitoring process can be used, which shall be between 30 days before and 60 days after the end of the extension.
    If the result is low risk from one or additional monitoring event(s), the applied suspension can be lifted  and the certificate is not withdrawn.

2.3 Recertification Audits:

  • The scheduling of onsite Recertification Audit, affected by CoViD-19, shall provide sufficient time for NC closure, report review, and certification decision  prior to the prolonged certificate expiration date (original expiration date + 183 days).
  • The IATF 16949 Monitoring process does NOT apply.

2.4 Special audits:

  • An additional extension of 90 days is granted to commence with the special audit; and
  • 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 and Certification Decision

  • An extension of 90 days in total is granted to all the NC management steps defined in IATF Rules, Section 5.11, as applicable.
    (That is, the maximum cycle time for NC Management is 90 + 90 = 180 days.)
  • An extension of 90 days is granted to the certification decision (see IATF Rules, Section 5.12) due to an extended NC management.
    (That is, the maximum cycle time for such a certification decision is 120 + 90 = 210 days from the end day of Stage 2, Surveillance, or Recertification Audit.)
  • Where an onsite special audit is not possible within the extended period, the associated major NCs are to be considered open, but 100% resolved.
    The relevant onsite special audit shall be conducted as soon as it is permitted.

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.
  • The newly assigned audit team member(s) are permitted to participate on the audit team for the subsequent 3 year audit cycle.

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

6. According to the current rules, the special audit arrangements this year due to the CoViD-19 pandemic will not affect the audit arrangements next year, if not affected by the pandemic.

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7月19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) 已更新此前批准的在全球範圍內對 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,其中最新更新的關鍵內容以綠色突出顯示。

1.  證書
IATF批准將每一張有效證書 (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,可以通過此鏈接進行驗證。
當前的證書不需要立即重發。(通常在下次現場審核後對證書進行修改。)

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;
  • 如果外部支持場地無法安排在生產現場之前進行審核,則可以事先發送豁免申請給IATF以考慮批准。

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。
  • 如果由於旅行限制無法策劃在延長了的撤銷認證的期限內進行現場審核,則可以在此期限結束之前的30天之後的60天的時間段內應用 IATF 16949 監視流程;
    如果一次或額外的監視活動的結果是低風險的,則可以取消已經實施了的認證暫停並且不撤銷證書。

2.3 再認證審核

  • 受疫情影響的現場再認證審核的排期應該考慮提供足夠的時間,在延長了(183天)有效期的證書到期日之前完成不符合項管理、報告評審、和認證決定;
  •  IATF 16949 監視流程不適用

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
  • 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. 不符合項管理和認證決定

  • IATF規則條款5.11中規定的不符合項管理步驟合計可以延期90天。
    (即是:不符合項管理的最長周期為90 + 90 = 180天。)
  • 如果出現上述不符合項管理的延期,IATF規則條款5.12中規定的認證決定可以延期90天。
    (即是:從第2階段、監視或再認證審核的最後一天開始,此認證決定的最長周期為120 + 90 = 210天。)
  • 如果由於旅行限制而在延長了的期限內無法進行現場特別審核,則相關的嚴重不符合項視為未關閉,但“100%已解決”。
    有關的現場特別審核應在不受疫情影響的時候儘快進行。

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。
  • 新委派的審核組成員可以參與下一個3年周期的審核。

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。

6. 按目前的認證規則,今年受疫情影響的審核特別安排不影響明年的正常審核安排。

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