Important Update Regarding the AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook

From the 2019 AIAG Quality Summit

SimpleQuE Vice President, Deanne Sparr, is at the AIAG Quality Summit and shares the latest news regarding adoption of the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook requirements by Ford, GM, FCA and Honda.

GM – They noted this will be a significant transition for their company and need to do their own training first.  They will implement the new handbook by CY (Calendar Year) 2023 and indicated suppliers are not to use the new handbook unless they direct them.

Ford – Will potentially begin using the new handbook in MY (Model Year) 2022.  Ford is revising their own FMEA Handbook in 2020 to incorporate the new AIAG / FMEA Handbook requirements.

FCA – Only communicated they are allowing suppliers to use the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook as an option and stated the 4th Edition FMEA Handbook is the current standard.

Honda – Is currently developing their training internally and then will offer this to their suppliers from October 2020 to February 2022.  Effective 2/2/22, the AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook will be used for new production processes, new production lines and new products with a full implementation by January 2027.

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) said they will not require CB’s to audit to the new FMEA standard until the customers require it of the supply chain.  (The objective of FMEA is to identify functions of a product or steps of a process and the associated potential failure modes, effects and causes. Read more about FMEA.)

A little background on the AIAG and VDA-QMC collaboration

Currently suppliers to both North American and German OEMs are required to use different FMEA rating tables for severity, occurrence, and detection.  This has created confusion and related frustration for both suppliers and OEMs. The primary goal of the current collaboration and resulting AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook, is to revise the rating tables to provide a common rating scale for risk accepted by all German and North American OEMs.  The secondary goal is to update the manual in areas that need revision to support risk analysis and harmonize the documents overall. This is a great opportunity to combine the strengths from each FMEA manual with improved risk assessment tools that will support the advancing technology of the automotive industry.

AIAG and VDA-QMC plan further collaboration to continue harmonization and update of all automotive core tools manuals. These tools have proved so useful that they have also been adopted by the aerospace and defense manufacturing sectors.  For customized, onsite AIAG & VDA FMEA and AIAG Core Tools training and information contact simpleQuELet our automotive experts partner with you as you roll out your FMEA upgrades to meet automotive customer demand and take your FMEA risk analysis to a higher level.


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