VDA 6.1 Certification

Your company is active in the automotive industry? If you manufacture in series, a certificate according to VDA 6.1 of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) is recognized proof of your quality capability and a good alternative to IATF 16949. With the automotive standard VDA 6.1, you as a supplier gain access to the automotive industry, promote the avoidance of defects, increase efficiency in the supply chain, and decisively increase the satisfaction of your customers.

Targeted error prevention and minimization of rejects

Significantly strengthens reliability and process capability

Industry-specific proof of quality

Increasing customer and employee satisfaction

Beschreibung Standard/Regelwerk

VDA 6.1 Certification - Information on the standard

VDA Volume 6.1 was first published by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in 1996, and has been successively developed further to date. VDA 6.1 is the right standard if your company manufactures in series. VDA 6.1 provides the framework for an automotive-specific quality management system, promotes defect prevention, and strengthens reliability and process capability in your company's value chain.

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.

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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 pre-audit 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 (audit stage 1) 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 (audit stage 2), 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 expiry to ensure continued compliance with the applicable standard requirements. Upon fulfillment, a new certificate is issued.


What does VDA 6.1 certification cost?

The cost of VDA 6.1 certification depends on a number of factors. For example, the size and complexity of your company influence the price. For these reasons, the costs for certification according to VDA 6.1 cannot be given as a lump sum. We will be happy to make you an individual offer for your company.


What you can expect from DQS

  • All audits from one source
  • Experience and competence in all industries
  • Global presence, local service
  • Highly solution-oriented and customer-focused.

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We would be happy to provide you with an individual offer for your VDA 6.1 certification.