Digital IATF Audit Checklists

Proactively correct nonconformance through regular audits using your mobile device

Ensure compliance with the IATF 16949:2016 standard using iAuditor

An IATF audit is the process of evaluating if an automotive manufacturer’s Quality Management System (QMS) aligns with the IATF 16949:2016 standard set by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). Replacing ISO/TS 16949, the IATF 16949:2016 standard aims to establish a QMS that facilitates continuous improvement, prevents defect, and helps reduce waste in the automotive supply chain.

Car manufacturers that are members of IATF require their suppliers to be certified for the new IATF 16949:2016 standard. Implementing the international standard, however, has some challenges.

This article features (1) the challenges of implementing the IATF 16949:2016 standard, (2) powerful technology to help overcome said challenges, and (3) free digital IATF checklists.

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The required implementation of IATF 16949 means that automotive suppliers and manufacturers need to follow a QMS standard that is based on ISO 9001:2015. However, there are challenges in transitioning to the new standard and maintaining compliance after the fact. Here are 3 of the common challenges in the implementation of the IATF QMS standard:

Challenge #1: Storing Mandatory Records

Compliance with the IATF standard requires both the documentation of processes being implemented and proof of audits conducted and actions taken whenever nonconformance is observed. These records can show if issues are addressed and if continuous improvement is indeed taking place. For those who use paper-based checklists, this can pose challenges when it comes to recordkeeping. In the long run, paperwork will pile up and all of them will need to be manually stored, maintained, and organized.

Challenge #2: Providing Timely Action

Actions taken to address nonconformance need to be timely, easily monitored, and properly documented. Addressing issues in a timely manner can prevent more defects and help lessen waste in the supply chain. With paper-based checklists, data collected need to be manually entered into a database before a report can be made to initiate action, ultimately defeating the purpose of a timely response.

Challenge #3: Maintaining Accountability and Competency

To ensure effectiveness of the QMS, the IATF standard requires accountability on the part of management and proof of competency on the part of workers and auditors. Conducting regular audits reinforces adherence to the QMS standard and demonstrates competency, which is also reflected on the audit reports. With paper-based audits, providing evidence of accountability and competence is a challenge due to the amount of paperwork that can be unmanageable once they pile up.

Digital technology can help suppliers and car manufacturers promote continuous improvement, defect prevention, and waste reduction through implementation of an efficient automotive QMS standard. iAuditor, the world’s most powerful mobile auditing app, can help quality managers accomplish the following:

Proactively identify noncompliance and defects

- Schedule audits to ensure routine compliance checks (e.g. Layered Process Audits, FMEA)

- Follow up on missed audits

- Assign corrective actions with corresponding urgency depending on nonconformance and issues found

Proof of findings

- Take photos using your mobile device during audits

- Create item-specific notes for better context

Organized record keeping

- Unlimited, organized, and secure cloud-based recordkeeping for all audit reports

- Easily share audit results via weblink or PDF report

Observe trends

- Use customized scoring on audits to help measure the performance of the organization

- Use iAuditor analytics to observe trends and determine the current standing on conformance with the IATF 16949 requirements

Streamline QMS

- From assigning audits and tasks, gathering reports, analyzing audit results, and integrating with other systems and platforms currently in use, iAuditor can help streamline the implementation of QMS in your organization.

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Best 5 IATF Audit Checklists

1. IATF 16949:2016 Audit Checklist

An IATF audit checklist is used by Quality Managers to assess if the company’s QMS is aligned with the IATF 16949:2016 standard. It helps ensure that an automotive supplier or manufacturer’s QMS promotes continuous improvement, defect prevention, and waste reduction in the automotive supply chain. Quality Managers can use this checklist on mobile devices to:

  1. Take photos and notes of nonconformance found.
  2. Use all 7 sections of the checklist to make an internal assessment of compliance with the IATF 16949:2016 standard.
  3. Generate reports in weblink or PDF format.
  4. Measure the level of conformance using a customized scoring system.
  5. Observe trends over time.

2. FMEA Template

Manufacturing engineers can use this FMEA template to help prevent production issues caused by industrial machinery failures. Observe trends of failure modes, effects, and causes. All iAuditor templates can be customized to fit the needs of your business.


3. Supplier Audit

Supplier audits are used to ensure that the supplier’s quality management system (QMS) meets business requirements and standards. Use this 99-item audit template to document and report any non-compliance to quality standards.


4. 5S Audit

5S audits are performed to assess the workplace’s adherence to the 5S principle (sort out, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain). Capture photos of issues or best practices found. Use the data collected as basis for training to reinforce 5S. Provide the overall recommendation at the end of the audit.


5. Environmental Risk Assessment Template

Use this environmental risk assessment to evaluate any environmental risks caused by manufacturing activity. Identify the risk and take a photo. Mention the possible impact on the environment if the risk is not mitigated. Provide some control measures and the overall risk assessment.


Bonus! ISO 9001:2015 Internal Audit Checklist

This ISO 9001:2015 internal audit checklist can be used by companies that also produce non-automotive parts. Assess the organization’s compliance with the international standard for QMS and determine readiness for third-party ISO 9001:2015 certification. This audit checklist consists of 7 main categories that will evaluate the conformance of your company in terms of 1) Context of the Organization, 2) Leadership, 3) Planning, 4) Support, 5) Operation, 6) Performance evaluation, and 7) Improvement. Perform regular inspections to ensure you continue meeting your ISO 9001:2015 certification requirements.