1. My understanding is that IATF16949 primarily applies to an internal manufacturing site, with support functions including design, sales etc being included in the scope. But what if we want to include other design groups in the scope, but their products are not manufactured internally, but at external IATF16949 certified suppliers? Can they be included in the scope? Or can we only include design groups that design products that are manufactured in the certified manufacturing location?
2. If we want to have a Single Manufacturing site certified, but with other internal manufacturing sites includes as extended sites, there are criteria outlined in the IATF "rules" Annex 4 that I would like clarification on: E.g.
- The extended site can have "No autonomous decision making authority". This is clearly not practical for any company as all sites would have local on-site leadership.
- Extended sites should be located within a "reasonable proximity" of the main mfg site. What is the definition of "reasonable proximity" ?