|IATF 16949 Section 4 (formerly sections 1.1 & 1.2):
Supporting functions, whether on-site or remote (such as design centers, corporate headquarters, and distribution centers), shall be included in the scope of the Quality Management System (QMS).
The only permitted exclusion for this Automotive QMS Standard relates to the product design and development requirements within ISO 9001, Section 8.3. The exclusion shall be justified and maintained as documented information (see ISO 9001, Section 7.5).
Permitted exclusions do not include manufacturing process design.