About the International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB)

The IAOB was established to:

  • Implement and manage the IATF 16949 registration scheme oversight activities on behalf of the IATF.
  • Coordinate with the other IATF Oversight Offices to ensure global consistency of the IATF 16949 registration scheme.
  • Support the IATF in the pursuit of global harmonization with other automotive manufacturers.
  • Develop and maintain a central IATF database of strategic information to assist in the management of the registration scheme.

About the International Automotive Task Force (IATF)

The IATF is an “ad hoc” group of automotive manufacturers and their respective trade associations, formed to provide improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide. Specifically, the purposes for which the IATF was established are:

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

IATF members include the following vehicle manufacturers: BMW Group, Daimler AG, Stellantis (ex FCA), Ford Motor Company, Geely Group, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Limited, Stellantis (ex PSA), Renault Group, Volkswagen AG and the vehicle manufacturers respective trade associations: AIAG (U.S.), ANFIA (Italy), FIEV (France), SMMT (U.K.) and VDA QMC (Germany).

IAOB Contracted Certification Bodies

The IAOB has 20 of the 41 IATF contracted Certification Bodies (CBs). These certification bodies provide 3rd party assessments and certification to IATF 16949.

The IAOB is committed to ensuring that our 20 CBs provide accurate non-bias audits that meet all requirements outlined in IATF Rules 5th.

The IAOB CBs have feedback mechanisms built in and receive updates on their client’s performance to the OEM customers.

Auditor Training

Do you want to make a difference in automotive manufacturing? How about traveling for work? Would you like to make your own work schedule? Or are you just ready for some new scenery?

Check out the links below for information on becoming an IATF Certified Auditor!


The IAOB is continually working on improving IATF certification. Below you will find useful information for all stakeholders.

The IAOB/SMMT YouTube channel brings practical examples of IATF audits to any internal, 2nd party, or third part auditor.

For FAQs for suppliers and certification bodies visit the FAQ page.
If you have an ethics and compliance concern, visit the ethics and compliance page.

For general questions feel free to contact us.