You are on page 1of 20

VDA 6.

3 process audit
What´s about?

Nearly all suppliers in the automotive supply chain are maintaining a quality system
according to different standards (e.g. ISO 9001 or IATF 16949).

This is generally required by the OEM´s (original equipment manufacturer).

While the quality system is securing the capability of a supplier to produce a defined
level of product quality, the processes of an organization are the main base to
guarantee the performance of an organization and secure it´s successful future.

The VDA 6.3 process audit is a standardized procedure to conduct process audits
within a quality management system and assess their capability and performance.

The VDA 6.3 is unique procedure without any comparable approach worldwide.
Qualification of VDA 6.3 process auditors.

To conduct high quality process auditors the auditors must be


qualified according to the following issues:

•Acceptable work experience within the processes they would


like to conduct process audits

•Attend successfully a VDA 6.3 training session.

•Pass the VDA 6.3 process auditor exam

•Monitor, review and update the knowledge of process


auditors, if they are conducting process audits.
Benefit for the organization.

The process audits, internally or at the suppliers, are clearly identifying the
weaknesses, risk and strengths within the audited processes.

The process audit report will provide an excellence analysis of the audited process, so
that effective improvement activities could be created.

The potential risks identified by a process audit will help to avoid costs of warranties.

The process audit will support the identification of waste and losses of a process to
increase the efficiency of it.

VDA 6.3 process audit will fully fill the requirement to conduct process audits due to
customer specifics and IATF16949 in a most effective and efficient manner.
Customer specific requirements – BMW AG:

BMW AG do require the VDA standards as additional requirements according


to their customer specifics.

Each supplier must conduct process audits, because it is also required by the
IATF 16949.

BMW AG itself conduct process audits based on VDA 6.3.


Customer specific requirements – Volkswagen AG:

Volkswagen AG do require the VDA standards as


additional requirements according to their customer
specifics.
This is mentioned in the Formel Q capabillity (page 4):

•“Base of the process audit is the VDA 6.3 part B serial


production including an assessment of all processes
and procedures of the current production.” (page 29)
•“The self assessment of a supplier has to be
conducted according to VDA 6.3 followed by a product
audit…” (page 23)
•“The self assessment must be carried out minimum
once a year…” (page 23)
Customer specific requirements – Daimler AG:

Daimler AG do require the VDA standards as


additional requirements according to their customer
specifics.

Each supplier must allow Daimler AG to conduct


process audits also at their sub-suppliers.

Daimler AG require a analysis of structure and risks


within their processes.
AGENDA

• Structure of Automotive Quality Standards and link to


VDA6.3
• Overview of the content of VDA6.3
• The assessment scoring methodology
• Analysis of results
• Auditing a new supplier
• Questions
DEVELOPMENT OF AUTOMOTIVE
QUALITY MANAGEMENTSTANDARDS
1999 2000 2002 2008 2009 2015 2016

VDA 6.1

ISO/TS 16949 ISO/TS16949 ISO/TS16949


2nd
Ed. 3rd Ed

QS-9000 3rd
Edition

ISO 9001:
ISO ISO ISO
9000:199 9000:200 9001:200 2015
4 0 8
ISO 9000 QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

ISO 9000 Basic Principles and definitions


Definition of terminology for QM systems

ISO 9001 Requirements ( for Certification)


Need, proof of ability

ISO 9004 Managing for the sustained success of an


organization
A quality management approach
DESCRIPTION OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE
9001 PDCA CYCLE
Automotive Specific Requirements for Quality Management
VDA range of publications
Procedures, operations & Q techniques
VDA 1
Documentation and providing evidence International requirements ISO 9001
VDA 2
Securing the quality of supplies
VDA 3 (Parts 1 & 2) Legal requirements
Ensuring reliability with automobile
manufacturers and suppliers
VDA 4 ring binder & VDA 4.3
Securing quality before the start of VDA publications &
Automobile sector requirements
full production IATF 16949
VDA 5
Suitability of test & inspection planning
VDA 6 Customer-specific requirements
Fundamentals for quality audits
VDA 6.3
Process audit
VDA 6.4
QM system audit, production facilities
VDA 6.5 Manual
System overview
Product audit
VDA 6.7
Process audit – single production
VDA 10
Customer satisfaction Who, what, when
VDA 13
Development of software-based
systems
VDA 19 How
Technical cleanliness
VDA RGA
Ensuring maturity for new parts
VDA RPP Results; evidence of
Robust production processes
Note: This list is not exhaustive ! effectiveness
(see VDA QMC Webshop)
TYPES OF
AUDITS
System audit Process audit Product audit

To verify the overall To verify the effectiveness of the product To verify that product
effectiveness of the realisation processes conforms to defined
Management System specification
throughout the
manufacturing and
dispatch processes
M = Material T = Tool
I = Inspect:
•gauges
•measure

ISO/TS16949 or VDA6.5
VDA6.3
VDA6.1
OVERVIEW OF THE STRUCTURE AND
CONTENT OF VDA6.3
APPLICATION OF PROCESS ELEMENTS
WITHIN A SPECIFIC PROJECT
SCOPE OF APPLICATION IN THE SUPPLY
CHAIN
PROCESS ORIENTED APPROACH FOR THE
IDENTIFICATION OF RISK
QUALIFICATION OF INTERNAL
AUDITORS
Audits the internal process chain without considering the interfaces
to suppliers and/or customers.

•Good knowledge of quality tools and methods (e.g. VDA-MLA, DoE,


FMEA, FTA, PPA, SPC, SWOT, 8D Method)

•Knowledge of the relevant customer specific requirements

•Knowledge of the relevant management system requirements (e.g.


ISO/TS 16949 and respectively IATF 16949, DIN EN ISO 9001, VDA
6.1)

• Specific knowledge regarding the product and process


QUALIFICATION OF SUPPLIER
AUDITORS
Audits the complete supply chain,the auditor carries out internal and
external process audits with interface to suppliers and/or customers.

•Excellent knowledge of quality tools and methods (e.g. VDA-MLA, DoE,


FMEA, FTA, PPA, SPC, SWOT, 8D Method)

•Auditor qualifications (negotiation, conflict management, audit procedure)

•Knowledge of the relevant customer specific requirements

•Knowledge of the relevant management system requirements (e.g.


ISO/TS 16949 and respectively IATF 16949, DIN EN ISO 9001, VDA 6.1)

• Specific knowledge regarding the product and process


CODE OF CONDUCT FOR AUDITORS
• Process auditors must use their professional skills and judgement, while respecting the
law and upholding the principles of honesty and integrity.

• Process auditors must continually develop their expertise. They maintain their
knowledge and skills with respect to audit procedures, QM systems, products and
processes as well as specialised methods, procedures and relevant standards. They
must be knowledgeable about the quality requirements for products as well as the
specific process risks and the possible impact on the manufactured products.

• Process auditors must at all times behave in a way that does not endanger the image
and reputation of their own organization.

• Process auditors must not accept assignments that would cause them a conflict of
interests.

• Process auditors must not accept assignments that they cannot carry out properly
because of lack of knowledge.

• Process auditors are bound to secrecy regarding confidential information that they have
acquired through their professional activities.