444 - Special Characteristics in the Product Development Process

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The determination, specification, tracking and documentation of special characteristics is compulsory for automotive organisations, and results from IATF 16949 among others.
The VDA volume “Process Description Special Characteristics” presents the recommended approach. This course teaches the theoretical basics of special characteristics and the VDA-compliant approach. Relevant interfaces with other processes, methods and documents, e.g. FMEA, customer-specific requirements or control plan are discussed. The special characteristics process is dealt with as an example in group work.



Special characteristics basics

  • Derivation from the standards
  • Categories of special characteristics
  • Differentiation from other procedures

Supply chain interface, integration of CSR

The filter model

  • Concept filter
  • Design filter – with VDA suggestion for drafting convention
  • Production planning filter
  • Production process filter

Interfaces with other processes, methods and documents (e. g., FMEA, control plan)

Prerequisites for participation


Target audience

Project managers, project personnel, executives and interdisciplinary personnel in development, testing, planning, manufacture and quality management. Personnel involved in the definition and evidence procedure related to special characteristics.

Qualification Certificate

After passing the test, you will receive a VDA certificate of qualification.


1 day


VDA volume – Process Description Special Characteristics


There are currently no dates planned. Please contact us if you have an inquiry.