Why Auto-Fasteners VDA 6. Accreditation Matters

VDA 6.2 is a standard used in the automotive industry. It is part of the ‘VDA Volume’ series, which is a set of quality management system requirements developed by the German Association of the Automotive Industry, or ‘Verband der Automobilindustrie’ (VDA). VDA 6.2 specifically focuses on the requirements for conducting what is known as a ‘Process audit’.

A process audit, as defined by VDA 6.2, is a systematic and objective audit that examines the effectiveness of specific processes within an organisation. It aims to assess whether those processes are properly planned, implemented, and controlled to achieve the desired results efficiently and effectively.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the automotive industry often require their suppliers to be compliant with certain quality management standards, and VDA 6.2 is one of the standards most commonly requested.

Why Some OEMs Insist On VDA 6.2

Whilst recognised and valued by all OEMs globally, VDA 6.2 is actually mandated by a number of them. The extent to which OEMs insist on VDA 6.2 compliance can vary based on factors such as the OEM’s specific requirements, the region they operate in, and the nature of their supply chain. Some reasons why OEMs might insist on VDA 6.2 compliance may include:

Quality Assurance: VDA 6.2 is a well-established and globally recognised quality management standard which has been specifically developed for the automotive sector. By requiring suppliers to be VDA 6.2 compliant, OEMs can have confidence in the quality of the products and services they receive.

Risk Mitigation: VDA 6.2 emphasises risk management within the automotive supply chain. OEMs benefit from suppliers that actively identify and mitigate risks, ensuring a more reliable and stable production process.

Supply Chain Consistency: When multiple suppliers adhere to the same quality management standard, it promotes consistency and alignment within the supply chain. This can lead to smoother collaboration and reduced potential for quality-related issues.

Efficiency & Cost Savings: Suppliers following VDA standards are often focused on streamlining processes and minimising waste. This can result in increased operational efficiency, which can translate into cost savings for both the supplier and the customer.

Customer Requirements: In some cases, OEMs may have contractual obligations with their own customers that mandate certain quality standards, including VDA 6.2 compliance. As a result, they pass these requirements down the line to their suppliers.

Transparency & Traceability: VDA accreditation often requires suppliers to maintain very detailed records and documentation. This transparency and traceability can be valuable in the case of audits, quality checks, or product recalls.

Continuous Improvement Culture: VDA-accredited suppliers are committed to continuous improvement. They proactively seek ways to enhance their processes, technologies, and performance, which can lead to better overall service and products.

Market Access: Compliance with widely recognised quality management standards like VDA 6.2 can open doors to new business opportunities, as it demonstrates a commitment to meeting industry standards and delivering high-quality products.

An Exclusive Club

Obtaining VDA 6.2 certification can be a challenging process, which is only achievable with proper preparation and equally importantly the dedication and commitment of the team involved. The state of a company’s existing quality management system is also a determining factor in achieving accreditation.

This is the reason that Auto-Fasteners is one of just two fastener companies in the whole of the UK that holds VDA 6.2 certification.

Auto-Fasteners’ Commitment To Continuous Improvement

Maintaining VDA 6.2 accreditation involves ongoing efforts to uphold the requirements and standards of the VDA 6.2 quality management system. Outlined below are some of the key steps needed to ensure continued compliance and the successful maintenance of VDA 6.2 accreditation:

● Conduct regular internal audits to review processes, procedures, and compliance with VDA 6.2 requirements.

● Implementation of corrective actions promptly to address any non-conformities or deficiencies found during internal audits or external surveillance audits.

● The provision of ongoing training to employees to ensure they are both aware of VDA 6.2 requirements and understand their roles in maintaining compliance.

● Regular management review meetings to evaluate the performance of the quality management system and to identify opportunities for improvement.

● The maintenance of accurate and up-to-date documentation of all quality management system processes, procedures, and records.

● The continuous monitoring and management of risks both internally and within the supply chain to prevent potential quality issues and disruptions.

● Implementation and ongoing assessment of effective supplier management processes to ensure that suppliers also comply with VDA 6.2 requirements.

● Fostering a culture of continuous improvement – encouraging employees to identify opportunities for enhancing processes, products, and services.

● Keeping abreast of any updates or changes to the VDA 6.2 standard to ensure that all quality management systems remain aligned with the latest requirements.

● To prepare for, and cooperate with, external surveillance audits conducted by the certification body. And to demonstrate commitment to VDA 6.2 compliance.

Why choose a VDA 6.2 accredited supplier?

Working with a VDA 6.2 accredited supplier like Auto-Fasteners is a strategic choice that helps ensure the quality, reliability, and sustainability of your supply chain. It demonstrates your commitment to excellence and reinforces your reputation as a responsible and dependable business partner.

Get In Touch With Auto-Fasteners Today

Auto-Fasteners exists to connect with its automotive customers as a partner, not just a parts supplier. Our aim is to really understand the problems you are facing, to collaborate with you and to help you solve that problem.

Get in touch with our team by clicking here to discuss your automotive fastener requirements.

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