VDA QMC與其核可之訓練單位所核發的稽核員證書或卡片為期3年有效，因此稽核員必須在有效期限之內申請資格延展或是重新取得資格。為了維持稽核員資格，其通常需要執行一定數量之稽核以及參與相關訓練或考試。(詳情請參閱VDA 6.3資格展延公告)
此過程會影響VDA QMC與其核可之訓練單位所核發“VDA 6.3-過程稽核員證書或卡片”以及“IATF 16949第 1/2方稽核員證書或卡片”。此兩種稽核員資格，都必須證明已執行一定數量的稽核(排除遠端稽核)才能維持資格。
由於目前SARS CoV 2 (COVID-19)爆發，各國皆採取一定措施以減緩病毒進一步傳播。例如：包括公司差旅限制或培訓取消等…。
VDA 6.3第三方稽核員與IATF 16949 1/2方稽核員可依據此特殊規定，證明其原本至2020年12月31日前到期的稽核員資格，其展延有效期延長至2021年3月31日。(即: 證書直到2021年3月31日皆持續有效，且必須在3月31日前完成延期，不再享有三個月的寬限期。)
此特殊規定立即生效，並適用於全球。除了VDA QMC，還包含VDA QMC核可之訓練單位所核發的證書都適用。未來VDA QMC將持續關注COVID-19新型冠狀病毒之狀況，並進一步訂定相關措施。
Special regulation COVID-19 to maintain the validity of auditor certificates by VDA QMC and license partners with an expiry date until December 31, 2020
Auditor certificates or auditor cards by VDA QMC and its license partners are valid for three years, so auditors have to apply for an extension or their re-qualification before the expiry date. In order to maintain the auditor qualification, a regular performance of audits as well as participation in further trainings or examinations are usually necessary.
This procedure affects certificates and cards issued by VDA QMC directly or its license partners on the subject of “VDA 6.3 – Process audit in the product life cycle” and the QM system standard IATF 16949 (1st/2nd party). In both cases, a certain number of audits in companies (no Remote Audits) must be proven in order to maintain the qualification.
For initial qualification, renewals and re-qualification Remote Audits will be not accepted. In addition, further trainings or examinations may have to be completed through personal attendance.
Due to the current outbreak of the coronavirus SARS CoV 2 (COVID-19), several measures to slow down the further spread of the virus are being taken. These include, for example, travel restrictions by employers or the cancellation of training courses.
In order to relieve the auditors during this situation, the VDA QMC states the following special regulation:
Auditors who are unable to provide the necessary proofs for maintaining their qualification by the end of the second half of 2020 due to the current situation will be granted extension until end of the first quarter of 2021.
By using this letter, it can be proven that certificates for the topics VDA 6.3 and IATF 16949 1st/2nd party, which have a validity date until December 31, 2020 remain valid until March 31, 2021.
This special regulation is effective immediately and will be implemented worldwide, for it is expanded to all regions of the license partner network of the VDA QMC. The VDA QMC will continue to monitor the global situation and depending on the development of the COVID-19 spread may initiate further measures.