VDA 6.X Quality Management System and Audits


VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie) 6.x is a set of automotive quality standards developed by Germany’s national automaker association. Required by all major German automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, the VDA 6.x framework is also officially recognized in France and Italy. This makes VDA 6.x critical for players hoping to compete in the European automotive sector.

There are different sub-volumes for fundamentals of Quality Audits – Certification Requirements. Automobiles are very complex machines, which comprises of many complicated components. Hence to ensure and maintain consistency in quality of components, throughout the entire manufacturing and servicing process is essential.

VDA 6.X Quality Management System certification is an addendum of ISO 9001 for the automotive industry as required by automotive manufacturers in Germany. Both the IATF 16949 and VDA 6.X certifications share their roots in the ISO 9001 Quality Management System. The VDA 6.X is classified into two areas; management and products & processes.

At present due to market competition, the time required between concept to manufacturing has become noticeably short. Hence the demand for adherence to the standard has increased and the German auto mobile industry has made it mandatory that the Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to them, must ensure the compliance and get them certified to VDA 6.X.

Overview of VDA 6.X & Focus Points:

VDA 6.1 – This certification certifies that the integrity of your products and processes are as per the German manufacturing standard requirements. This certification can be issued together or on its own with ITAF 16949 for manufacturers of automobile parts.

VDA 6.1 covers the below areas, in addition to the requirements of ISO 9001 standard

  • Recognition of product risk
  • Employee satisfaction
  • Quotation structure
  • Quality history

VDA 6.2 – This is a Quality Management System certification meant for service providers in the automotive industry such as car dealerships or logistics providers. Through this certification, you get a competitive edge in the industry and also gives an assurance to your customers that they can expect a consistent, high quality service in all their transactions with your business.

VDA 6.3 – This is a process based audit standard for evaluating and improving controls in a manufacturing organization’s new product introduction and manufacturing processes. The standard was comprehensively restructured in 2010 to reflect the changes to ISO 9001 and customer specific requirements in the automotive industry. Passing the VDA 6.3 audit allows your company to become a potential supplier to German automakers.

VDA 6.4 – This certification specifically applies to tools and machines manufacturer for the automotive industry. The reliability and safety of such equipment is most important, especially for providers of such tools. This certification will assure your customers that your products are of the highest manufacturing and safety standards.

Eligibility / Applicability (Which organizations can avail VDA 6.X Compliance??)

Generally manufacturing sites where production, service parts, and/or accessory parts that shall be mechanically attached or electrically connected to the vehicle are manufactured and supplied to automotive customers opt for VDA 6.X compliance.

Benefits of VDA 6.X Implementation

  • Status of approved supplier for supply to automotive OEMs.
  • Stringent process controls
  • Deletion of non-value-added activities and Waste elimination
  • Cost effectiveness at various stages of the operations of the organizations
  • Improved product safety and warranty management
  • Manufacturing Quality and Productivity improvement
  • Good Marketing Tool and Credibility in Overseas Business.
  • Satisfaction and Retention of Valuable Customers

VDA 6.X Implementation Process by PQSmitra

PQSmitra has developed a a simple and practical methodology to implement requirements of respective applicable VDA standard. PQSmitra offers 100% documentation support, training and also the hand holding to team members which makes the entire project execution easy, hassle free and result oriented. VDA 6.X implementation process is described below:

  • Review of the existing process controls. This review is carried out by visits.
  • Gap analysis and planning for the implementation
  • Procedures, work instructions and related records
  • Training and Hand holding/ support for implementation
  • Internal audit for verification of implemented system
  • VDA audit & Reporting

VDA 6.X Reference Standards

  • ISO 9000:2015 – Quality management – customer satisfaction – Guidelines for complaint handling in organizations
  • IATF 16949:2016 Quality management system for automotive industry