IATF (International Automotive Task Force)

The IATF (International Automotive Task Force) is a working group set up by the major automotive OEM’s and their suppliers with the purpose of harmonizing QM methods and standards previously implemented at national level.

The IATF was established for the following purposes:

  • To develop an international consensus regarding fundamental quality system requirements, primarily for the participating companies and direct suppliers of production materials, product or service parts or finishing service (e.g., heat treatment, painting and plating). These requirements can be available to other interested parties in the automotive industry.
  • To develop policies and procedures for a common 3rd party registration scheme to ensure consistency worldwide.
  • To provide appropriate training to support ISO/TS 16949 requirements and the associated registration scheme.
  • To establish formal liaisons with appropriate bodies to support IATF objectives.

The IATF is an “ad hoc” group of automotive manufacturers and their respective trade associations, formed to improve product quality for automotive customers worldwide.

ISO/TS 16949

The ISO/TS 16949 (technical specification) is an automotive industry QM standard, which was jointly developed by all IATF members and published together with the ISO (International Organization for Standardization). This technical specification is based on ISO 9001:2000.


The International Automotive Task Force consists of the following members:

1. OEM (automobile manufacturers)


2. National trade associations