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AIAG/VDA Combined FMEA Awareness Training


The AIAG/VDA Combined FMEA Awareness Training (1 day) course is designed to take delegates through the 7 Step Approach to the construction, scoring and evaluation of risk (high, medium, low). The joint publication is the collaboration between AIAG/VDA, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. The text has been completely rewritten, and the FMEA method has been revised in a few key areas.


1 day


The intent is to provide a common foundation for FMEA across the breadth of the automotive industry. While every effort has been made to reach a consensus, it may be necessary to refer to the individual publications or Customer Specific Requirements.

The FMEA method is used to address the technical aspect of risk reduction. FMEA is a team-orientated, systematic, qualitative method intended to:

  • Evaluate the potential technical risk of failure of the product or process;
  • Analyse the causes and effects of those failures;
  • Document preventive and detection actions;
  • Recommend actions to reduce the risk.

The FMEA is used for analysing the technical risk to reduce failures and improve safety in the product and the process.

It is important to note, the new combined AIAG/VDA FMEA manual is not currently mandated by any OEMs or the IATF, so does not change the current approach used by many organisations.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for Management Representatives, Implementation Teams, Internal Auditors, Product and Process Engineers, NPI teams and others who are involved in the implementation or auditing of Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, and have previous knowledge in the AIAG or VDA approach.

It is a prerequisite for this course that you have an understanding of the 4th edition AIAG FMEA manual or the VDA 4 2nd revised edition Product and Process FMEA

Course Outline

  • 7 Step Approach 
  • Overview of the FMEA process
  • General review of FMEA principles
  • Design FMEA including start points 
  • Process FMEA including start points 
  • FMEA ranking tables and scoring 
  • Action Priority 
  • Resulting Documentation 

Benefits and Learning Objectives

FMEA is used to support the introduction of new products and processes, as well as support changes to existing products and processes.  It is often mandated by automotive, aerospace and other engineering primary manufacturers, as a specific requirement to support the goal of defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste.

Companies that apply FMEA successfully see improved product conformity, better on-time delivery performance and a reduction in the cost of non-quality.

Delegates on this AIAG/VDA Combined FMEA Awareness Training (1 day) course will gain an understanding of the new step by step approach to FMEA and the changes between the current and new approaches to FMEA, including the new combined approach to creation, scoring and risk evaluation and resulting documentation.


Upon completion of the course you will receive an Industry Forum certificate of attendance.

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