VDA 6, Part 2 (Verband der deutschen Autmobilindustrie)

Motivation and benefits

As early as 1997, a workgroup of the VDA Technical Group “Quality Control in Automotive Industry” developed this specific Standard for services concerning the automotive industry. Based on ISO 9001/9002, 9004-1/2 and with the co-operation of OQS (as a founding member of Quality Austria) it was newly defined as part of the new German quality Standards in automotive industry / Series of Documents 6.

20 years after the introduction of the Standard, it may be stated that the endeavours of the German automotive industry have led to the introduction of a Standard that is unique world-wide. This development also helped to close the gap between the automobile manufacturer and the end customer. Furthermore, through VDA 6.2 compliance with automotive requirements can be demonstrated in areas in which no certification according to IATF 16949 is possible at the moment. Organizations directly concerned include business firms, forwarding companies, consulting companies and maintenance companies.

The document VDA 6.2 is a German automotive Standard for which no alternative exists world-wide. For example, many German automobile manufacturers review the quality capability of their direct contracting parties and business firms based on this directive.

Certification according to VDA 6.2 is always a supplement based on certification according to ISO 9001. Among other things, the new assessment method considers possible residual risks.

  • strategic business planning and its implementation based on concrete business plans
  • optimized improvement process
  • secured project management
  • secured service provision processes
  • sustainable optimization of the customer-supplier relationship
  • optimizing customer satisfaction
Target group
  • Service providers working with the automotive industry, e.g. forwarding companies, merchants, engineering, maintenance companies, consultants.

Guidelines of VDA 6, Part 2

The document VDA 6.2 is a technical standard. Like all VDA Standards, it is no Standard in the traditional sense of the term. It was originally developed while considering the requirements of ISO 9001:1994 and ISO 9004:1994.

In its current version, VDA 6.2 completely follows the structure of ISO 9001:2015, just as IATF 16949 does. The contents of the requirements of ISO 9001 have been entirely incorporated. The specific additional requirements are inserted in separate chapters and supplements following the structure of ISO 9001.

Thus, this method based on measurement considerably differs from IATF 16949. For here the possible opportunities for improvement are shown objectively.

Important additional requirements of VDA 6.2 as compared to ISO 9001 include:

  • strategic short-term, medium-term and long-term business planning
  • consideration of possible risks
  • higher requirements placed on marketing and sales
  • identication of customer and employee satisfaction (motivation)

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.

Other relevant standards

Various VDA Volumes and the manufacturers’ specifications, ISO 9001, IATF 16949

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