Companies around the world, ranging from all business sectors, see DQS as their trusted partner management systems certification. Find out what we have to offer via the overview below, or contact us to see how we can be of service.
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.
The automotive industry with its global activities stands for excellent process quality, continual improvement, and the power of innovation. ISO/TS 16949 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.
Automotive: A Global Market with Global Opportunities
No matter whether you are a small or medium enterprise or a large conglomerate, or if you seek to gain, maintain or expand market access – an ISO/TS 16949 certificate is your entry ticket to the global automotive supply sector. And irrespective of whether you are a small cog or a big wheel, as a certified company, you improve process capability and reliability throughout the entire value-added chain.
Quality in focus
When it comes to ISO/TS 16949, the approach of an organization to the quality ideal is what matters most. To discover improvements from many different perspectives, to prevent mistakes and to reduce waste are just some of the key words. DQS auditors play an active role in this. Beyond the certainty that the system conforms to the requirements of this technical specification, they convey decisive insights into the maturity level and development potential of your management system.
How it works
Essentially, ISO/TS 16949 is based on the process-oriented ISO 9001. However, the chronological sequence for the certification of a site is precisely mandated by the IATF. For example, Stage 1 of the audit process, the system analysis, must be performed within a specific time frame. The same applies to Stage 2, the closing report and deviation management. Re-certification also requires good time management to ensure continuous validity of the certificate. That is why we exercise utmost care in planning your schedule, and when organizing your transfer audit to DQS.
Your organization has enjoyed sustainable success and you know what your customers need. You fulfill your customers’ expectations because you are in control of your processes and know how to ensure quality on a permanent basis. And you draw significant competitive advantages from these success factors and the results gained from them. Now you can show your strengths with a comprehensive, certified quality management system according to ISO 9001. More than one million certified companies worldwide put their faith in this effective tool for corporate control and continuous improvement of their performance capability. Management principles for your organization The most important prerequisite of a well-functioning quality management system is your organization’s focus on the “Management Principles” described in ISO 9000: customer focus leadership engagement of people process approach improvement evidence-based decision making relationship management. Your management system will be effective once you have identified and considered the needs of all relevant stakeholders, clearly formulated your corporate objectives, and once the achievement of these objectives is reflected in measurable results – with meaningful key indicators from efficient and transparent processes as the basis. With a certified management system according to ISO 9001 you avoid errors, instead of correcting them. The quality approach has been securely anchored within your organization, which creates trust and increases your customers’ satisfaction. You are aware of risks and opportunities and clearly structured, transparent corporate processes help to minimize business risk and allow you to react faster to market changes. The revised version ISO 9001:2015 brings additional benefits: Due to its new structure, harmonized with other management system standards, it can be easily integrated with other management systems and less prescriptive requirements and a risk based approach allow a better adaption to your particular needs and focus on performance. How it works As soon as your processes have been identified, recorded and implemented, and the effectiveness of your quality management system has been reviewed in internal audits and the results analyzed in a management review, you are ready for certification. Our planning is customized, and we will coordinate with you based on your individual circumstances, corporate objectives and success factors. Then your organization will undergo the classic DQS certification process: we will assign auditors with excellent knowledge of the standards, as well as many years of experience in the respective business sector. DQS offers accredited certification services both for ISO 9001:2008 (during a transition period) and the new ISO 9001:2015. Contact us for more information.