Latest Updates to IATF 16949: Key Focus Areas During COVID

by Chad Kymal published on July 23, 2020

The IATF Global Oversight committee has issued a communique to the IATF 16949 community in regard to IATF 16949 certification and preparation during COVID. In addition, IATF 16949 and the Core Tools require specific start-up actions that suppliers are being required to follow. Furthermore, organizations need to make themselves business resilient. The ISO 31000 risk management standard, and the ISO 22301 the business continuity standard are important to consider. We encourage organizations to adopt these measures to adapt to these challenging times. 

Watch this Webinar recording to know the latest updates to IATF 16949 and the Key Focus Areas During COVID.


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.

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