Suppliers to the automotive industry
Permanent further development of customer service
Continuous process optimization
Improvement of corporate strategy
What is VDA 6.2 certification?
The content of VDA 6.2 corresponds to the structure of ISO 9001, which makes it easier to develop your quality management system on the basis of ISO 9001. The German standard was created in 1997 and was published in June 2017 after revision and adaptation to ISO 9001:2015. There is no international equivalent for VDA 6.2.
In addition to volume 6.2, the volumes VDA 6.1 (for direct suppliers and subcontractors to the automotive industry) and VDA 6.4 (individual and series manufacturers of machines, systems, tools or measuring and test stands) supplement the regulations of the German Association of the Automotive Industry.
How does VDA 6.2 certification work?
Once all requirements of VDA 6.2 have been implemented, you can have your management system certified. You will go through a multi-stage certification process at DQS. If a certified management system already exists in the company, the process can be shortened.
In the first step, you discuss your company, your management system and the goals of a VDA 6.2 certification with us. On this basis, you will promptly receive a detailed and transparent quote, tailored to your individual needs.
Especially for larger certification projects, a planning meeting is a valuable opportunity to get to know your DQS 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 meeting, they 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 of VDA 6.2 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. This must be scheduled early enough to allow sufficient time to implement corrective actions in the event of non-conformities (approximately eight weeks between the last audit day and the expiration of the certificate). Any follow-up audits should be conducted at least two weeks before the end of the certificates' validity.