Impact of EV AV Standards on IATF 16949 Quality Management Systems

by Chad Kymal published on December 14, 2021

IATF 16949:2016 was revised from ISO/TS 16949:2002 and released in October 2016. IATF 16949:2016 includes ISO 9001:2015 in its entirety within the standard. The structure and content of ISO 9001:2015 changed dramatically and brought in many new concepts into a QMS including risk based thinking, process focus and “leadership”. In addition, the International Automotive Task Force members made many of their own changes. The final result was a major change for the Automotive Industry’s approximately 6,226 North American sites. 

Several key factors have influenced the Automotive Industry. These include the announcement by China that it plans to “phase out conventional gas-burning cars by 2035”. This was followed by an announcement by General Motors to phase out Gasoline and Diesel Vehicles and embrace “zero tailpipe emissions by 2035”. These announcements were followed generally by all Automakers worldwide. It is an overall consensus that the Automotive Industry is shifting to Electric Cars with many automakers moving from a SAE Level 2 to a Level 3 and Level 4 autonomy. (note, this will be explained in the seminar) Electric Vehicles and Autonomous Vehicles (EV/AV) are influenced by many new and old standards that Omnex calls the Seven Levers. See figure below (or visit These standards have a major impact on New Product Development, APQP, and most major automotive processes.

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Chad Kymal

Chad Kymal is the CTO and Founder of Omnex Inc. He is the author of seven books and more than 100 papers including several on integrated management systems. Chad is currently on the writing committees for several standards including TC 22/ SC 32/WG 8 for ISO 26262 (Functional Safety), ISO/TC 176 for ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management), ISO/TC 207 for ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management), and PC283 for ISO 45001 (Health and Safety Management Systems). He founded and was the CEO of an Automotive registrar for over 10 years and is familiar with conducting audits, being witnessed for audits, and also evaluating auditors and assessors. He authored and teaches a course for 3rd Party Auditors for Automotive Registrars on behalf of International Automotive Certification Bodies Association (IACBA). This course explains how 3rd Party Auditors audit IATF 16949 in an environment that includes ASPICE, Functional Safety and Product Cybersecurity. He is currently rolling out the course to global 3rd Party Auditors for IATF 16949. Chad has spent over 20 years in system, hardware and software development in various capacities. He assesses and works in automotive system, hardware and software for Agile, ASPICE, and Functional Safety ISO 26262. Chad is also currently an intacsTM certified Principal Assessor for Automotive SPICE.