As manufacturers of means of production could not be certified acc. to VDA 6.1, a modification was made in 1999. Based on VDA 6.1, this new Standard for the manufacturers of means of production was created. In view of TES 9000 (QS-9000 for means of production), this definitely was a supplement that had been due for a long time. Today VDA 6.4 presents itself as an autonomous Standard.
Furthermore, VDA 6.4 makes it possible to demonstrate compliance with automotive requirements in areas in which no certification acc. to ISO/TS 16949 is possible at the moment. Organizations directly concerned by this include toolmakers, builders of plants and devices, manufacturers of special machinery or of wraparound packaging.
The document VDA 6.4 basically is a German automotive standard. For example, many German automobile manufacturers review the quality capability of their direct contracting parties on this basis and partly absolutely require certification.
As the manufacturers of means of production cannot be certified acc. to ISO/TS 16949:2009, this standard is a real alternative in evidencing relating to the specifications for fulfilling the specific requirements throughout the supply chain.
Certification acc. to VDA 6.4 always is a supplement based on certification acc. to ISO 9001:2008. Among other things, the new assessment method considers possible residual risks. Therefore, VDA 6.4 helps to give expressive statements about the quality of the management system (method based on measurement).
- measurement of the efficiency of the organization and its partial areas
- strategic business planning and its implementation on the basis of concrete business plans
- optimized improvement process
- secured project management
- secured production processes, even for single-unit production or small-scale series
- sustainable optimization of the customer-supplier relationship
- optimizing customer satisfaction
- manufacturers of means of production around automotive industry, e.g. toolmakers, builders of plants and devices, manufacturers of special machinery or of wraparound packaging
Guidelines of VDA 6, Part 4
The document VDA 6.4 is a technical Standard. It was originally developed by a workgroup of German automotive industry while considering the requirements of the document VDA 6.1.
In its current version, VDA 6.4 completely follows the structure of ISO 9001:2008, just like ISO/TS 16949 does. The contents of the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 have been fully taken over. The specific additional requirements are inserted in separate chapters and supplements directly after the structure of ISO 9001. In the audit, the individual processes are measured and assessed for their efficiency, just like before. In this context, this model makes a distinction between ten standard processes, which are assessed by using an assessment scheme. In order to enable successful completion in the sense of certification, an overall degree of fulfilment to the amount of at least 90 % must be achieved. Thus this method based on measurement considerably differs from ISO/TS 16949. For here the possible opportunities for improvement are shown objectively.
Important additional requirements of VDA 6.4 as compared to ISO 9001:2008 include:
- strategic short-term, medium-term and long-term business planning
- designing the process map
- controlling, financial reporting
- additional requirements for marketing and sales
- product development
- final assembly and acceptance at the customer site
- customer support and service
Quality Austria - Trainings, Zertifizierungs und Begutachtungs GmbH has been accredited for VDA 6.1 by VDA/QMC since 12/1996. For VDA 6.2 and for VDA 6.4, Quality Austria - Trainings, Zertifizierungs und Begutachtungs GmbH has been accredited since 03/1999.
For each standard, Quality Austria is the first Austrian certification body to be accredited by VDA.
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