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IATF 16949 certification without automotive products in "production"

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I work for a semiconductor manufacturing organization that has held TS/IATF certification for 15+ years. Recently we underwent a major business change and the product family which was being manufactured for automotive use was discontinued. Currently we are in development phase for 2-3 new automotive customers/ products, but none have been cleared for volume production yet. We are coming up for our next surveillance audit in 4 months.

Is there a way for us to retain our IATF certification without any automotive product in line?

Current scope of our certification is "Manufacture of semiconductor devices"
 
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Unless you have automotive manufacturing, your site is not eligible for IATF16949 certification. Any such changes need to be communicated with the certification body. Talk to them and see what can be done.
 

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I work for a semiconductor manufacturing organization that has held TS/IATF certification for 15+ years. Recently we underwent a major business change and the product family which was being manufactured for automotive use was discontinued. Currently we are in development phase for 2-3 new automotive customers/ products, but none have been cleared for volume production yet. We are coming up for our next surveillance audit in 4 months.

Is there a way for us to retain our IATF certification without any automotive product in line?

Current scope of our certification is "Manufacture of semiconductor devices"
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Based on IATF Rules, if you have not products or services that meet the applicability for a period of twelve (12) months, the certification body shall cancel the certificate of your company. If you cut the production of your automotive parts for example for 3-4 months, It may that the CB start decertification process for your company.
 

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Unless you have automotive manufacturing, your site is not eligible for IATF16949 certification. Any such changes need to be communicated with the certification body. Talk to them and see what can be done.
Been talking with them and received basically the same information as your comment. Running into a challenge here, some of the customers that are engaged with automotive product development at our site are primarily interested given our certification status and hence its a catch 22. Trying to figure out if there is a way to go from "certified" to "conditional or some interim" status, so we don't have to go thru a full re-cert later and also mitigate the risk of losing new business!
 

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Based on IATF Rules, if you have not products or services that meet the applicability for a period of twelve (12) months, the certification body shall cancel the certificate of your company. If you cut the production of your automotive parts for example for 3-4 months, It may that the CB start decertification process for your company.
Currently the CB is waiting on us to inform if we will proceed with the next audit cycle or not. They mentioned if we can show a completed PSW - completed qualification status (pending production) they can allow us to maintain conditional certification and come back and look at us when the parts go to production again. Does LOI (Letter of intent) from prospective customers demonstrating intent to product automotive products count?
 

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Does LOI (Letter of intent) from prospective customers demonstrating intent to product automotive products count?
That's a good question for your CB....framed as "We used to make products for automotive very recently, and we are developing products together with automotive customers currently which are to launch soon. Let's keep the IATF16949 going, right?"

Then see how firm they hold to the letter of the law...
 
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