(FMEA) Failure Mode & Effects Analysis

AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook

The new FMEA Handbook is here!

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) FMEA is an analytical methodology used to ensure that potential problems have been considered and addressed throughout the product and process development process. Part of the evaluation and analysis is the assessment of risk. The important point is that a discussion is conducted regarding the design (product or process), review of the functions and any changes in application, and the resulting risk of potential failure.

The wait is over…the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook is now available for purchase at the AIAG Store!

Developed with a global team of OEM and Tier 1 supplier subject matter experts, the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook incorporates best practices from both AIAG and VDA methodologies into a harmonized, structured approach.

In addition to making it easier for suppliers to meet their customers’ needs during the FMEA development process, the handbook features major changes such as a new process for FMEA development – the 7-Step Approach – and a new chapter on Supplemental FMEA for Monitoring and System Response (FMEA-MSR). Additional important changes include the following:

  • Totally revised Severity, Occurrence and Detection Tables.
  • The Action Priority (AP) methodology and Tables to replace RPN.
  • New Form Sheets (spreadsheet users) and Software Report Views (software users).
  • Change point highlights from both the AIAG 4th edition FMEA Manual and the VDA Volume 4 FMEA Manual.

From the increased focus on function-based FMEAs to the additional tools and guidance provided to support a more robust methodology, the new handbook provides consistent direction and guidance to all automotive suppliers. Get your copy today!

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Developed with a global team of OEM and Tier 1 Supplier Matter Experts (SME's) it incorporates best practices from both AIAG and VDA methodologies into a harmonized, structured approach.

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Exclusively through AIAG, register for the AIAG and VDA FMEA: Essentials for Transitioning eLearning and receive an electronic copy of the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook at a discounted rate!

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These courses will assist you in transitioning from the AIAG FMEA 4th Edition to the AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook. Open-enrollment, instructor-led training will be held at AIAG training facilities, but you can also schedule onsite training at your organization.

This eLearning course provides participants with a clear understanding of the major changes in the FMEA process and toolset that are described in the AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook.


Learn to execute Process FMEA according the new handbook by achieving a deeper understanding of the explicit and subtle changes, along with high impact benefits that will bring your organization’s PFMEA to the next level of manufacturing process design robustness.


Learn to execute Design FMEA according the new handbook by achieving a deeper understanding of the explicit and subtle changes, along with high impact benefits that will bring your organization’s DFMEA to the next level of product design robustness.

Please Note:
The AIAG & VDA Design FMEA: Transitioning for Practitioners training course gives only a high level introduction to the “Supplemental FMEA for Monitoring and System Response” content in the Handbook. This class was not designed to provide detailed instruction, examples, or exercises on the FMEA-MSR topic. A separate focused training course for the FMEA-MSR is under development.

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DFMEA Understanding & Implementing (2 day)

Gain the ability to execute a DFMEA applying the 7-Step approach, evaluate the consistency in DFMEA application, measure the effectiveness and efficiency of DFMEA within your organization, and develop an Implementation Plan for your organization to adopt the AIAG & VDA FMEA.


PFMEA/Control Plans Understanding & Implementing (2 day)

Gain the ability to execute a PFMEA applying the 7-Step approach, evaluate the consistency in PFMEA application, measure the effectiveness and efficiency of PFMEA within your organization with linkage to the Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ), and develop an Implementation Plan for your organization to adopt the AIAG & VDA FMEA.

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Develop a real-world, functional understanding of Failure Mode and Effects Analysis. Benefit from learning about the common set of requirements that should be used to implement FMEA techniques into design and manufacturing processes.


This e-learning course is designed to establish the use of FMEAs and to help you learn the skills needed to practice risk reduction and defect prevention.


This course will teach you the skills to understand and use FMEAs and the concept of risk reduction and defect prevention.


As an advanced next step in process improvement, this 2-day workshop was designed to reemphasize the benefits, importance, and proper development of these documents for the benefit of supplier organizations and their customers.

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As an industry-wide standard, this reference manual clarifies questions concerning the technical development of both Design and Process FMEAs.


This manual supports the machinery (the term machinery as used in this manual applies to tooling and equipment also) design process from design development through design approval.


The DRBFM Reference Guide is intended to provide information and examples of procedures to implement DRBFM proficiency expectations at all levels of engineering and management.

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Certification by AIAG in FMEA confirms an individual's proficiency in failure mode and effects analysis techniques as defined in the FMEA reference manual.

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