Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Resource Center

The 10-Step FMEA Process

There are 10 steps to the FMEA process. Both DFMEAs and PFMEAs use the same basic 10 steps.

Teams, not individuals, conduct FMEAs.

  • The skills and experience of a balanced team are needed to successfully complete an FMEA.

The FMEA process involves the use of several forms including:

  • FMEA Team Start-Up Worksheet
  • FMEA Scope Worksheet (Design or Process)
  • FMEA Analysis Worksheet

The FMEA process results in the assignment of risk priority numbers (RPNs) to each potential failure. Target failures with the highest RPNs for improvement.

A Control Plan is a natural extension of an FMEA, even though it is not considered officially a part of an FMEA.