AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY SUPPLIERS

VDA 6.1

If your organization manufactures customer-specified parts for the automotive industry, then a certificate according to VDA 6.1 is recognized evidence of your quality ability, and an excellent alternative to IATF 16949.

Issued by the German Association of the Automotive Industry, VDA 6.1 promotes error avoidance, improves efficiency throughout the supply chain, and significantly increases the satisfaction of your customers. VDA 6.1 is your ticket to the global automotive supply business. 

  • Automotive supply chain
  • Series production
  • Process capability
  • Evidence of quality

Originally published in 1996 and continuously developed further since, VDA volume 6.1 is the perfect standard for level two and three sub-suppliers. It provides a framework for an automotive-specific quality management system, promotes error avoidance and improves reliability and process capability in your organization’s value adding chain. In addition, VDA 6.1 includes aspects of the European EFQM Excellence Model. Because it is process oriented, it integrates easily into other management systems you may need, such as ISO 9001 (quality) or ISO 14001 for environmental management. 

  • Focus on avoiding errors and minimizing waste
  • Improved reliability and process capability
  • Industry-specific evidence of quality
  • Continuous improvement of (your/own) processes
  • Increased employee and customer satisfaction
  • Visible differentiation from the competition

Your organization will undergo the classic DQS assessment process, starting with system analysis (Stage 1) through system audit (Stage 2) to certificate issue. After the annual surveillance audits, a recertification audit takes place after three years.   This needs to be scheduled early enough to allow sufficient time for closing of non-conformities through implementation of corrective actions (about eight weeks between the last audit day and expiration of the certificate). Possible follow-up audits need to be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the certificate’s expiration date.