VDA 6.3 Process Audit – an in-depth manufacturing process audit tool

The German trade association for the automotive industry is known by the initials VDA (Verband der deutschen Automobilindustrie E.V.) and given the size and importance of the automotive sector within the German economy it enjoys a good reputation and substantial influence. In 1997 the VDA set up a Quality Management Centre (QMC) for the benefit of German automotive OEM’s and their suppliers.  The work of the QMC ranges from developing systems and methods to shaping the future of quality management systems in the automotive industry.

Developed by VDA QMC and the German automotive industry, VDA 6.3 defines a process based audit standard for evaluating and improving controls in a manufacturing organization’s processes. Revised in 2016, the standard was comprehensively restructured to reflect the changes to ISO-9001:2005 and IATF-16949:2016 and customer specific requirements in the automotive industry. The standard can be used by any organization, either for internal process audits, or for evaluating potential or existing suppliers. Compliance to VDA 6.3 is mandated by many vehicle makers and encouraged by others.

VDA 6.3 is an excellent tool for process audits within the automotive industry acting as a guideline for performing audits. It provides information on the significance and application scope of a process audit over the entire product realization cycle in both manufacturing and services It defines the audit process, the criteria for evaluation of the process audit results and the requirements of the processes. At the heart of the standard, each step in the process is modelled with six links and is governed by the Deming Loop – Plan Do Check Act. There are three grades that an organization can reach under VDA 6.3 – A, B & C. This means that an organization can pass the audit but still have scope for further improvement.

Sbp SigmaL offer courses and trainings that cover VDA 6.3 Process Audit requirements of BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Opel, Man, Volvo, Scania etc