The VDA 6.X Quality Management System certification is an extension of ISO 9001 for the automotive industry as required by automotive manufacturers in Germany. Both the ISO/TS 16949 and the VDA 6 certifications share their roots in the ISO 9001 Quality Management System.
The VDA 6 is classified into two areas: Management, and Products and Processes.
The VDA 6.1 certification ensures that the integrity of your products and processes are up to German manufacturing standards. The VDA 6.1 certification can be issued together or on its own with ISO/TS 16949 for manufacturers of automobile parts. In addition to the basic premise shared with the ISO 9001 standards, VDA 6.1 covers the following areas:
- Recognition of product risk
- Employee satisfaction
- Quotation structure
- Quality history
The VDA 6.2 is a Quality Management System certification meant for service providers in the automotive industry such as car dealerships or logistics providers. The certification is an assurance to your customers that they can expect a consistent, high quality service in all their transactions with your business. This gives your company competitive edge in the industry.
The VDA 6.4 certification specifically applies to manufacturers of tools and machines of the automotive industry. The reliability and safety of equipment is of utmost importance, especially for providers of such tools. This certification will assure your customers that your products are of the highest manufacturing and safety standards.
While ISO/TS 16949 and VDA 6.1 are only mandatory for automotive manufacturers, VDA 6.2 is required for automotive service providers and VDA 6.4 is required for automotive tool and machine manufacturers. By implementing the VDA 6.X programme, your company is able to commit to a long-term goal in consistently meeting and exceeding your customers’ expectations. Beyond increasing organisational efficiency and product quality, adhering to the certification requirements could minimise waste and errors, which thereby could improve overall productivity.
TÜV SÜD is a registered certification body with VDA-QMC. Along with our stable of international experts, we are well-equipped to guide you as you seek to be certified according to the relevant VDA 6.X standards. Our experienced team of global experts will guide you in all the steps, from the initial assessment to on-site audits until certification.
With our extensive expertise in the automotive industry, we help you identify opportunities and minimise potential risks. By partnering with us, your company will gain global recognition for its commitment to the highest standards. Beyond the certification, we also provide you with periodic feedback on ways to improve your existing processes to bring your company’s overall performance and productivity levels to greater heights.