IATF Updates FAQ 29 to Give New Guidance on Contingency Plans

On May 26th, 2022, the IATF posted that they had approved Stakeholder Communique SC-2022-008 Release of Sanctioned Interpretations (SIs) and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to IATF 16949:2016 and an SI for Rules 5th Edition, with the changes being effective in June.

Of note, FAQ 29 was updated with guidance for developing effective contingency plans:

You’ll recall that we reported back in February from IAOB’s excellent video series that contingency plans rounded out the top 10 major nonconformances stemming from IATF registrar audits in 2021. Hopefully, the new guidance will help organizations to better understand the requirements of and implement effective contingency plans. Time will tell if contingency plans continue to hold a seat in the top 10.