Jun 10, 2021

Checklist of Mandatory Standards for Automotive Industry

What does it take for automotive companies to stay competitive in the modern market? In the automotive manufacturing landscape, it is crucial to be compliant with numerous industry-specific & international regulations and standards.
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New types of consumer demand primarily urge automotive industry trends in 2021. In addition, modern customers have another level of awareness, continuously changing needs, and environment-focused priorities.
Leading automotive businesses recognize that security, data protection, sustainability, and green initiatives are an essential part of the entire production and marketing lifecycle. Therefore, we have made a roundup of the basic international standards for the automotive sector by implementing which companies will prevent security breaches, successfully manage compliance, and strengthen their data safety.

Security Standards for Automotive Industry

The automotive sector’s long and complex supply chain requires a substantial IT security approach to encompass automotive suppliers, marketing companies, and other parties involved. Here are the basic automotive standards that help you build and maintain an ISMS for car manufacturers:

ISO 27001

This ISO standard is the basis for creating an Information Security Management System, providing a set of requirements for companies to set up their data and information effectively.


A maturity-based information security assessment approach TISAX is tailored to the needs of the automotive industry. It applies to 1st and 2nd tier suppliers and extends to more complex supply chains. For certain OEMs, TISAX certification is a must.

ISO 26262

It is a safety-related standard for vehicles that include one or more electrical and/or electronic systems and provides recommendations and regulations across the entire product development process: conceptualization, management, development, operation, production,  service, and decommissioning.

ISO 26262 implementation ensures a step-by-step systematic approach for management of functional safety and regulating product development on different levels: system, hardware, and software.

Automotive Quality Standards

IATF 16949

Developed by the International Automotive Task Force, IATF 16949 is the basic certification for automotive manufacturers. It comprises a set of methods for a common product and process development for automotive manufacturers worldwide. It is aimed to support the manufacturing of safe and reliable products and maintain continuous improvements of the product.

ISO 9001

IATF 16949 works best with an implemented Quality Management System, so ISO 9001 certification is also obligatory for the automotive sector. ISO 9001 is the most popular standard for QMS, as it provides companies with the requirements that businesses can use to develop their own quality programs. Learn what is QMS and how you can maintain it effectively.


ASPICE (Automotive Software Performance Improvement and Capability dEtermination) is designed to guide automotive companies through the quality matters of the software they use. ASPICE framework enables users to define, implement, and assess the process needed for software development in the automotive industry.

This standard was developed in 2005 by car manufacturers based on the ISO/IEC 15504 and relied on the V-Model, requiring testing of each phase on the development stages.

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Data Protection Management System


As automotive manufacturers are processing numerous data from their partners and customers, it must be protected. Therefore, businesses working inside or with the EU-member states must be subject to GDPR and should align with the requirements to build strong DPMS.

EMS and Sustainability Standards

ISO 14001

The automotive industry is specifically required to maintain environmental management systems due to their high impact on nature. ISO 14001 is the primary EMS certification for car manufacturers worldwide to manage and control all aspects of its environmental footprint.  

ISO 45001

Health and Safety certification is a distinct sign that a company strives to provide their employees and customers with a safe and healthy environment. ISO 45001 guides businesses to create a framework for controlling and eliminating factors that can lead to injuries or illness.

Holistic Compliance Management for Automotive

With a vast collection of standards and regulations to align with, automotive companies do not underestimate the importance of a holistic and tool-driven approach that will enable their CISOs for comprehensive standard management.  

To provide support for information security, environmental compliance, quality, and data protection management, Infopulse SCM helps you maximize the visibility of compliance status in all stages of the product life cycle and unites ISO 27001, TISAX, ISO 9001, ASPICE, ISO 140001, GDPR under one roof.  

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