Get ready for changes to the AIAG FMEA Manual in 2019

Robin McDermott
Learn about changes to FMEAs in the automotive sector based on the draft 2018 AIAG FMEA Manual.

A draft of the AIAG-VDA FMEA Handbook was released in November 2017.  Feedback was sought throughout the automotive industry, tweaks made and it is finally ready to be released in 2Q2019.  It is clear that the 2019 changes to FMEAs for the automotive sector are BIG! The handbook represents the culmination of a four year project completely revising the AIAG FMEA Manual, a collaboration between OEMs and Tier 1 supplier members of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA), Germany’s association for automotive manufacturers and suppliers. The result will be one common foundation for FMEAs across the global automotive sectors represented by AIAG and VDA.

The new (draft) AIAG FMEA Manual provides more direction and specificity as to how FMEAs are to be conducted. Rumors about the RPN going away are true; the RPN is being replaced by the AP or Action Priority. Here are some of the key changes that we highlighted in a blog post on

Thousands of people and hundreds of companies have trusted QualityTrainingPortal to learn and implement FMEAs and we will be there to guide you into the next phase of FMEAs. We have started working on series of new FMEA courses based on the proposed AIAG-VDA FMEA Alignment Handbook. While the changes can seem daunting, we are happy to report that everyday we get more comfortable with the draft version of the new handbook. In fact, many of the improvements in the Handbook have always been a part of how we teach companies to do FMEAs!

Plans for existing and future FMEA online training

  • Because these changes will only be required for the automotive sector, we plan to keep all of our existing “classic” FMEA courses active and available.
  • We will offer at least three new FMEA courses that are in line with the AIAG-VDA 2019 changes to FMEAs: AIAG-VDA Process FMEAs, AIAG-VDA Design FMEAs and AIAG-VDA FMEA-MSRs. These courses will not be available until after the final version of the 2019 AIAG-VDA FMEA Handbook is released.

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