VDA 6.1

The VDA 6.1 certification standard for quality management systems emerged in 1996 from the VDA 6 regulatory framework for audits at standard parts suppliers in the automotive industry. Topics such as initial sampling, effects analysis (FMEA) and quality planning are described in manuals ("Red series"), which must be read in conjunction.
In contrast to comparable standards, VDA 6.1 is not based on the structure of ISO 9001, but has its own, independent structure. An ISO 9001 certificate is, however, a prerequisite for supplementary certification to VDA 6.1. This certificate can only be issued if, in the analysis comprising around 120 audit questions, at least 90 percent of all available points are scored.
VDA 6.1 certification satisfies the requirements of most German car manufacturers and their direct suppliers. The standard has gained international recognition through an agreement between the VDA and the automobile associations in Italy and France, according to which the respective national regulatory frameworks are mutually recognised.