VDA 6.1 Certification
Targeted error prevention and minimization of rejects
Significantly strengthens reliability and process capability
Industry-specific proof of quality
Increasing customer and employee satisfaction
VDA 6.1 Certification - Information on the standard
VDA 6.1 also includes aspects of the European EFQM model. The process orientation significantly facilitates the integration of management systems that are also important for you, such as ISO 9001:2015 (quality) or ISO 14001 for environmental management. In addition to volume 6.1, the volumes VDA 6.2 (for service providers such as car dealerships or logistics companies) and VDA 6.4 (individual and series manufacturers of production equipment such as machines, systems, tools or measuring and test stands) supplement the regulations of the German Association of the Automotive Industry.
How does VDA 6.1 certification work?
First, you discuss your company, your management system and the goals of a VDA 6.1 certification with us. On this basis, you will promptly receive a detailed and transparent offer, tailored to your individual needs.
Especially for larger certification projects, a planning meeting is a valuable opportunity to get to know your auditor as well as to develop an individual audit program for all involved areas and locations.
A gap assessment also offers the opportunity to identify potential for improvement as well as strengths of your management system in advance. Both services are optional.
The certification audit starts with a system analysis (stage 1 audit) and an evaluation of your documentation, objectives, the results of your management review and internal audits. In this process, we determine whether your management system is sufficiently developed and ready for certification.
In the subsequent system audit (stage 2 audit), your DQS auditor assesses the effectiveness of all management processes on site. In a final discussion, your auditor will provide you with a detailed presentation of the results and possible improvement potential for your company. If necessary, action plans are agreed upon.
After the certification audit, the results are evaluated by the independent certification board of DQS. You will receive an audit report documenting the audit results. If all standard requirements are met, you will receive an internationally recognized certificate.
To ensure that your company continues to meet all important requirements for VDA 6.1 certification after the certification audit, we conduct surveillance audits on an annual basis. This provides competent support for the continuous improvement of your management system and business processes.
The certificate is valid for a maximum of three years. Recertification is carried out in good time before expiration to ensure continued compliance with the applicable standard requirements. Upon fulfillment, a new certificate is issued.