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The Essential VDA Standards - VDA 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5


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VDA 6.1 is not "essential" anymore as ISO TS 16949 is accepted instead.

The other ones mentioned in Marc's list are specific for the German automotive market.

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Captain Nice
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Yup - I was just doing some cleaning and such and something came up where I was looking at this forum and figured I'd throw in a quick reference of the 5 VDA standards that are applicable here. I know they're not applicable to most folks here, but for those browsing who come across this forum and are curious about what the VDA standards are, I figured this might give some basic information.

I should have included these:

Wikipedia reference-linkVerband_der_Automobilindustrie

Verband der Automobilindustrie e. V. - The German Association of the Automobile Industry (VDA)

The Verband der Automobilindustrie e. V. (VDA) is a German interest group of the German automobile industry, both automobile manufactures and automobile component suppliers. The group is located in Frankfurt, Germany. Current president since June 1, 2007 is the former federal minister of transport Matthias Wissmann. The VDA is hosting the world's largest motor show, the biannual Internationale Automobilausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt.

The VDA published a series of standards and recommendations. Among those is the German Quality Management System (QMS) for the automobile industry. The fourth edition was issued in December 1998, and became mandatory for all German car makers on April 1, 1999.

Kales Veggie

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VDA 6.3 (and variation of this standard) is used worldwide by automotive companies with German origin and adapted by companies that supply German car manufacturers such as Volkswagen.


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Hi Marc,
Thank you for starting the information on VDA :)

Hi Howard,
Thank you also for the file you've shared. :)

Best regards,
Raffy :cool:



we had today a certification audit for the ISO TS 16949 and the auditor ask for the process audits, and we present for him our planing and the finding for the process audit, and he asks also for the requierments of VDA regarding the process audit and realy I don't had any ansewrs for that, So please could help me for what are the most important requierement of process audit according to VDA and what is the differents point between ISO TS and VDA.

Many Thanks

Howard Atkins

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VDA 6.3 is a format for process audits and is used by a number of companies that are certificated to TS.

There is no obligation to use this format if you are not required by a customer.
For more details see this search or these attachments (They might be out of date )
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