IATF 16949 is the norm specific to Quality approach in the automotive sector. It was established by IATF (International Automotive Task Force); the ISO was validated and published in the form of a technical specification (TS stands for Technical Specification).
This standard describes processes related to the development and manufacturing of automotive components. To comply with this standard, suppliers must follow certain procedures specific to automotive manufacturing.
Additionally, the IATF developed a certification procedure specific to the automotive industry that guarantees recognition of IATF 16949 certificates throughout the entire sector. ISO/TS 16949:2009 certified suppliers are also ISO9001: 2008 certified. The latest version (ISO/TS 16949:2009) 2008 is a copy of the ISO 9001:2008 standard completed with specific requirements.