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Acceptance

Acceptance is a written confirmation of product acceptance (in legal terms) by a customer. The acceptance consists of a number of tests to convince the customer that the product is in compliance with specified requirements.

Accreditation body

Authoritative body that performs accreditation.

Acknowledgement, business

Acknowledgement, business, is an acknowledgement of customer's financial claims regarding a complaint. In this context, a business acknowledgement is a preliminary acknowledgement of proposed values. The actual business process is realised outside the scope of this process. Reference to a VDA publication (if the definition is specific to a particular publication, different from it, or complementary to an applicable standard): Standardised complaint process.

Acknowledgment, technical

Acknowledgement, technical, occurs when the supplier (or customer) arrives at a conclusion upon a relevant test that the part subject to the complaint is faulty, or fails to meet approved requirements and he (supplier) bears responsibility (originates) for the fault. No financial claims made by the customer are acknowledged through technical acknowledgement (see business acknowledgement).

Action

An action is a targeted activity aimed at changing an existing yet undesirable situation in a required and approved way in due time.

AdBlue®

AdBlue® is used to clean exhaust gases released from diesel vehicles. It is a clear, non-toxic solution of urea (AUS32). AdBlue® is kept in a separate container near the diesel tank. It does not mix with diesel.

Air cleanliness class

Particle content in ambient air not exceeding specified maximum amount of particles of defined size, measured on operation's stand-by.

Archiving

Archiving is a long-term, organised, safeguarded and change protected keeping of documents and data.

Assessed organisational unit (German abb. ZO)

Assessed organisational unit. As regards development division, one or more units within an organisation are assessed.

Assessment

Formalised and standardised assessment of organisational unit's processes against a process reference model. Depending on the particular situation, assessor's experience influences the assessment.

Assessment log

Formal document used by an assessor to complete assessment. The assessor uses an assessment log to demonstrate his/her activities to the certification body.

Assessment team

Team of all assessors of an organisation participating in the assessment. An assessment team should consist of at least two people one of which is so called lead assessor (responsible assessor). Decisions are made in agreement of all team members. Reference to a VDA publication (if the definition is specific to a particular publication, different from it, or complementary to an applicable standard): Automotive SPICE .

Assessor

Person's role in an assessment. In an assessment, the assessor interviews and assesses answers.

Attributive check

Comparison of a test object against a model/template and determination on whether no limits are exceeded. An actual deviation of the checked characteristic from a nominal value cannot be traced.

Audit

Systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which audit criteria are fulfilled.

Audit client

Organisation or person requesting an audit.

Audit findings

Results of the evaluation of the collected audit evidence against audit criteria.

Audit plan

Description of the activities and arrangements for an audit.

Audit programme

Set of one or more audits planned for a specific time frame and directed towards a specific purpose.

Audit team

One or more auditors conducting an audit.

Auditor

Person with demonstrated personal attributes and competence to conduct an audit.

Automotive SPICE®

Process assessment model to assess processes in compliance with ISO/IEC 15504, defined particularly for the development of ECUs in automotive industry.

Autosar

Automotive System Architecture. An initiative of the automotive industry towards standardisation of software in ECUs.

Autosar-domains

Categories to divide control units based on their intended use: chassis, powertrain, telematics, body.

Awareness (in the context of the publication)

Knowledge and experience of an organisation regarding products and processes, such as product qualities and functions, production design/development process, methods and standards.

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