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VDA 6.3-2023

VDA 6.3 – is it time for the 2023 upgrade?

The VDA published the new Volume 6.3 Process Audit. So, the 4th revised version of this Volume is now available.

The first obvious modification of the new Volume was apparent right away after receiving it without having to read any of its contents. The 2016 edition had 204 pages whereas the present 2023 edition has merely 99 pages.

Irrespectively of the page count, the following topics had undergone modifications:

  • There were contentual adjustments regarding VDA methods in terms of SPICE® and Maturity Level Assurance for new parts.
  • Requirements with regard to purchasing activities were updated in P3 and P4.
  • Software aspects were included in the questionnaire.
  • Topics covered by ISO 19011 were removed.
  • The evaluation of the transport and parts handling was omitted.
  • Supplementary information on auditors and on remote audits was included.
  • Besides, further detailed itemizations, such as on the number of questions, etc., took place.

Those changes had been realized, to be sure, but issues such as the following ones had remained the same:

  • Classification rules
  • The structure of the questionnaire
  • The Turtle Model
  • (Down)grading rules
  • And further detailed itemizations …

It is very relevant that these points were also published in the VDA 6.3 SIs & FAQ. The current version dated January 2023 can be downloaded on the VDA website at the following link:

This publication has been binding starting from January 2023.

The VDA 6.3 Potential Analysis (in the P1 Module of the Questionnaire) is a suitable tool for evaluating and revaluating suppliers in order to estimate supplier risks. Furthermore, the potential analysis is suitable for assessing risks with regard to existing suppliers, new sites, new technologies, or new products.

The result may serve as the basis for decisions on awarding purchasing scope contracts and for estimations on the quality capability of the site. 

Due to our long-term experience with supplier auditing and supplier development, we can help you in an effective and efficient manner if you need support with regard to your suppliers getting audited in terms of VDA 6.3.

About PeRoBa:

PeRoBa Unternehmensberatung GmbH (PeRoBa Management Consultancy, LLC) is one of the leading impulse generators in the quality management department on a global scale. Its origins already date back to 1991. The company headquarters have been in Baldham since 2011, and there is also branch in Prinzregentenstraße, Munich. PeRoBa Unternehmensberatung (PeRoBa Management Consultancy) provides high-quality consultations, audits, and evaluations in order to support clients in introducing and implementing their management systems. On top of that, they also offer audits, QM training, seminars, and workshops.

Their innovative in-house software, the iVision® – Smart Remote Audit Solution had been on the market since January 2016 before it was replaced by an optimized version in December 2020.

The company’s founder and owner, Dr. Roland Scherb, PhD is an auditor, consultant, coach, and author. He is a board of directors of the German Federal Auditors’ Association, the Bundesverband der Auditoren and an active member of the DIN e.V. working group as well as a lecturer with the TÜV-Academy.

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