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VDA 6, Part 2 (Verband der deutschen Autmobilindustrie)


As early as 1997, a workgroup of the VDA Technical Group “Quality Control in Automotive Industry” elaborated this specific standard for services around automotive industry, which is unique world-wide, based on ISO 9001/9002, 9004-1/2 with the co-operation of OQS and newly defined it as part of the new German quality Standards in automotive industry / Series of Documents 6.

Nearly 20 years after the introduction of the Standard, it may be stated that the endeavours of the German automotive industry have thus led to the introduction of a Standard that is unique world-wide. This also helped to close the gap between the automobile manufacturer and the end customer. Furthermore, VDA 6.2 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 business firms, forwarding companies, consulting companies and maintenance companies.

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

Certification acc. to VDA 6.2 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 6.2 helps to make expressive statements about the quality of the management system (method based on measurement).

  1. measurement of the efficiency of the organization and its partial areas
  2. strategic business planning and its implementation on the basis of concrete business plans
  3. optimized improvement process
  4. secured project management
  5. secured service provision processes
  6. sustainable optimization of the customer-supplier relationship
  7. optimizing customer satisfaction
  • service providers around 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 9001:2008, 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. In this context, this model speaks about five management processes and eight main processes. These processes will be assessed according to a new assessment key, which also considers the risk.

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 6.1 as compared to ISO 9001:2008 include:

  1. strategic short-term, medium-term and long-term business planning
  2. considering possible risks
  3. higher requirements placed on marketing and sales
  4. identifying the satisfaction of customers and employees (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.

Various VDA Volumes and the manufacturers’ specifications, ISO 9001, ITATF16949


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