IATF 16949 Update - Automotive Spice Functional Safety

by Roy Gray published on August 01, 2023

The article discusses the transformative impact of changes in the software domain on various aspects of the automotive industry, particularly focusing on the integration of Automotive Software Process Improvement Capability Determination (ASPICE) and functional safety considerations. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and its associated organizations have witnessed significant shifts in software-related practices, largely driven by the emergence of ASPICE. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are increasingly familiar with Automotive SPICE® and other standards like Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange (TISAX) and ISO 27001, and they now require their suppliers to adhere to these standards for embedded software development.

The article highlights the evolution of various processes and requirements within the automotive industry. The Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has been updated to include software as part of the requirement. Additionally, OEMs have updated their Customer-Specific Requirements (CSR) to align with new ISO standards and management systems, indicating the industry-wide adoption of these changes.