Assessment team size (minimum and maximum)
Recently we received questions regarding the minimum and maximum size of assessment teams.
Based on our current procedure "EE concept V7.5" the chapter 2.1 defines that "The assessment team shall consist of a lead assessor and at least one [...] co-assessor(s)." So, the minimum assessment team size is two. If only one lead assessor performs an assessment, this is not in line with our procedure. In this case no EE-AL (nor EE-AT) is granted. Please ensure that the assessment team fulfills all criteria mentioned in the procedure.
There is also a limit of one (1) lead assessor and maximum of four (4) co-assessors for an assessment. This also applies for complex assessments e.g., class 1 assessments. "Only up to 4 co-assessors can be listed in the intacs Assessment Log template and are considered eligible to obtain an experience evidence as assessment team member (EE-AT) per single assessment."
intacs® information letter 2023-09
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Hardware SPICE pilot training after VDA SYS conference
Following the VDA-SYS conference, a Hardware-SPICE 2.1 pilot training has taken place in Berlin. Participants were 8 intacs certified instructors from different regions of the world and additional 4 principal assessors. The very first exam for the training will be held on 17.10.2023 by ECQA after the exam questions are released by all boards. The certificate will be mutually recognised by ECQA and VDA-QMC after the release of Automotive SPICE 4.0. In the first step, the hardware SPICE training is offered to intacs certified instructors worldwide. The feedback of the participants was reflected back to the working group and is processed by it.
intacs Vision and Mission
We are an independent and legally registered not-for-profit association.
We have open and transparent operations in an honorary capacity and global and multilingual presence.
We improve the assessment performance
We want to reduce variations in the quality of assessment results and to make results more comparable,
intacs® was set up in response to requests from industry and international ISO/IEC 15504 experts. The main objective was to ensure high-quality assessor qualification in the worldwide community for process assessment according to ISO/IEC 33000 series.
We respond to an industry demand
setting training and certification standards for ISO/IEC 15504 assessors
setting standards for maintaining assessor competence
promoting assessment models and community interactions
intacs® is the scheme accepted by the automotive industry and the HIS / VDA AK 13 (working group responsible for defining process requirements for car manufacturers and n-tier suppliers).
The new updated ISO/IEC 33000 standard series covers process assessment in general.
Looking for Certification, renewal, or initially, very often your first contact is the Certification Body.
intacs is setting up the rules and regulations, but the Certification Body is the one to verify experience evidence and assessment log.
The automotive domain is managed by VDA QMC Berlin and
all other domains are managed by ECQA GmbH Krems
Intacs World Wide
The intacs assessor certification scheme has been spread its service and support over many countries in the world.
Trainings and Exams are usually developed in English, but translation to local guide is available for many languages
Current rules for online activities (status as of November 11th, 2022)
intacs® and VDA QMC accepted to perform assessments and trainings completely online.
To ensure the high-quality expectations of intacs®, the current rules apply until further notice:
For the following training courses, the online and onsite execution (including online and onsite exams) is allowed:
- intacs® certified Provisional Assessor
- intacs® certified Competent Assessor *)
- intacs® Introduction to VDA Automotive SPICE® Guidelines
- intacs® Automotive SPICE® for Cybersecurity
For the following observations, the online and onsite execution is allowed:
- Competent Course Participant Observation
- Competent Assessor Candidate Observation (during an assessment) **)
- Instructor Observation ***)
For assessments, the online and onsite execution is allowed:
- The VDA Automotive SPICE® Guidelines v1.0 specify in chapter 8.3.1: "It is not appropriate to perform interviews for data collection only using phone and/or video conferences."
Due to the past and current COVID-19 related restrictions to meet in person, the forenamed requirement is suspended until further notice.
The VDA QMC project group thereby likes to foster the performance of assessments even during pandemic situations.
- intacs® recommends following the Guideline for Remote Process Assessments.
*) For the “intacs® certified Competent Assessor” training, there are mandatory rules for online performance:
- This training must be conducted via video conference, so the trainer is able to observe the participants.
- A tool must be used to allow working groups in separate sessions, between which the trainer can switch anytime.
**) For the “Competent Assessor Candidate Observation (during an assessment)”, there are mandatory rules for online performance:
- The observation must be conducted via video conference, so the observer is able to observe the behavior of the candidate as well as the reaction of the interviewees.
***) For the “Instructor Observation”, there are mandatory rules for online performance:
- This training must be conducted via video conference, so the observer is able to observe the Instructor candidate as well as the participants all the time.
- The latest Observation sheet must be filled-in by the Observer to document and maintain all necessary steps and results.
intacs® is continuously working on updated procedures with additional requirements to ensure the quality of onsite and online activities also in the future. This includes the criteria for observers who have an important responsibility.
Community Publications hosted on intacs
Grace Period for Assessor Certification
If an assessor is not able to collect all necessary Experience Evidence due to cancelled assessments or events because of the pandemic time period, the Certification Bodies will grant up to 6 additional months for collecting and providing the missing EEs.
But the additional time does not mean that the certification period will be extended! E.g. if the current period is from January 2018 to December 2020, and you use the first 6 months of 2021 to collect missing EEs, the new period will still be from January 2021 to December 2023.
And another procedure rule still applies: Already used EEs cannot be used twice! E.g. if you collect EEs within the first 6 months of 2021 in order to use them for the certification period from 2021 to 2023, you cannot use these EEs for the next certification period even if they are within the 36 months’ time frame.
Guideline for Remote Process Assessments
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are receiving several questions regarding the possibility of performing remote assessments. Is this permissible, recommended, or not?
Please find out our answer and a few recommendations in our brief Guideline for Remote Process Assessments.