IATF 16949 – Quality in the automotive industry
The automotive industry with its global activities stands for excellent process quality, continual improvement, and the power of innovation. IATF 16949:2016 is the technical specification for quality management systems applicable to suppliers in this industry sector. It was developed by a joint working group, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), with the objective of improving both quality capability and the entire certification process throughout the supply chain.
DQS, with more than 30 years expertise, supports their clients in:
- Seminars and training
- Gap audits
To receive individual information about IATF 16949, please contact our office.
VDA 6.1 / 6.2 / 6.4 – Quality Management for the Automotive Industry
Cars are complex objects consisting of a multitude of high-value systems, components, and parts; the majority of them from the automotive supply industry. In order to ensure the reliability and safety of their vehicles, automotive manufacturers have long required that their suppliers demonstrate recognized proof of their quality capability. In order to standardize these demands, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has been developing the publication series Vol. VDA 6.x since 1996. They build upon an existing quality management system according to ISO 9001. No matter what parts you supply: the continually updated VDA volumes reliably cover all the various specializations. Our auditors and their automotive expertise offer you goal-oriented and value-adding auditing on the basis of internationally recognized quality standards. This is why DQS is the partner of choice for proof of quality based on the VDA volumes.
VDA 6.1 – The VDA Alternative to IATF’S ISO/TS 16949
VDA 6.1 is the correct standard if your company is involved in series production. It delivers the framework for a quality management system specifically suited to the automotive sector, promotes avoidance of mistakes and strengthens reliability and process capability in the value chain of your company. It also contains aspects of the European EFQM model.
VDA 6.2 – For Service Providers
VDA 6.2 is for you if your company offers services, e.g. a car dealership, a forwarding company or an engineering bureau. The requirements of this standard focus not only on the quality of your customer orientation, but also the continuous improvement of your internal services such as development or procurement. There is no international standard comparable to VDA 6.2.
VDA 6.4 – For Production Equipment Suppliers
VDA 6.4 applies to you if you are a manufacturer of production equipment for the automotive industry, for example machinery, facilities, tools, measuring and testing equipment. The standard corresponds in its structure to VDA 6.1, but is tailored to the special requirements of plant and machine manufacturers. There is no international equivalent to VDA 6.4.
How it works
Ideally, auditing according to any of the VDA standards is done on the basis of a certified quality management system according to ISO 9001. In this case, your company undergoes DQS’ classic evaluation process: from system analysis (stage 1) to system audit (stage 2), up to issuance of the certificate and annual surveillance audits. Building on this and depending on the VDA standard chosen, our auditors will conduct a value-adding system audit of all relevant areas of your company. Upon fulfillment of the requirements, you will receive the respective VDA certificate.
TISAX – Information Security in the Automotive Industry
Universal recognition through mutual acceptance of joint assessments and exchange
So far, information security in the automotive industry has been strongly influenced by individual approaches – that is about to change. Service providers and suppliers must regularly prove to their customers that they meet the high-security requirements for data provided. So far, such assessments have been carried out mainly by the manufacturers themselves, which in the past repeatedly led to unnecessary multiplication. With TISAX (Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange), there will be a joint assessment and exchange procedure in the future.
Are you a supplier or service provider for the automotive industry? If so, you need only one thing to assure customers that you are keeping their information secure – participation in the TISAX Exchange. All it takes is one assessment every 3 years.
The advantages of TISAX
- Cross-company recognition of the assessment results among all TISAX participants
- Greater confidence in certified service providers and suppliers
- Avoids the need for multiple checks
- Fewer misunderstandings due to the harmonized VDA-ISA test catalog
- Mutual recognition in the TISAX network saves time and cost
- Only one TISAX assessment every three years
How it works – Becoming a participant
Access to TISAX is via a subscriber registration, which takes place online on the TISAX portal. Registration is the prerequisite for being able to select a TISAX accredited audit service provider. Registered participants will receive a list of accredited providers from which they can freely choose. An organization may also register several locations and have a group assessment carried out. After an assessment by DQS based on VDA-ISA, information can be provided or obtained in TISAX.
Who is behind TISAX?
TISAX uses the ISA questionnaire compiled by the German Automotive Industry Association VDA based on essential aspects of ISO / IEC 27001. Recently, the VDA developed this into a common assessment and exchange procedure called TISAX, which is operated by ENX, an association of European car manufacturers, suppliers and associations.
DQS – your partner for TISAX assessment
To receive individual information about TISAX, please contact our office.