The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), working with the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), has published the first international guide on Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA). It incorporates the best practices from both AIAG and VDA methodologies, into one harmonized, structured approach.

Some of the changes include:

  • A new 7-step approach process for FMEA development;
  • A new chapter on Supplemental FMEA for Monitoring and System Response (FMEA-MSR);
  • Significantly revised severity, occurrence and detection tables;
  • Action Priority (AP) methodology and tables to replace RPN;
  • New form sheets and software report views.

The new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook focuses on function-based FMEAs which provides automotive suppliers’ guidance for a more robust risk identification and mitigation methodology.

There is no expectation for suppliers to rework their existing FMEA’s to the new format; however, there is an expectation that the OEM’s will update their CSR’s to refer to the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook and begin expecting suppliers to eventually follow the new format with new Model deployments.

Timing for adoption/deployment from the North American OEM’s will be communicated at the AIAG Quality Summit on Oct. 2, 2019.

Additional questions? Contact IES’ Management Systems and Quality Improvement specialist Claire Pickrell for more information.