Conformity of Production
A key element of being eligible to obtain Vehicle Type Approvals (including Low ATM Trailers) will be in your ability to prove you have adequate control over all stages of design, componentry, and manufacture of the Recreational Vehicles you are producing/ supplying. In other words, you will need to have some form of Quality Management System (QMS) in place to demonstrate that you have effective control on Conformity of Production.
Understanding the importance of Conformity of Production to the RVSA and industry, Caravan Industry Association of Australia has partnered with an Automotive Engineering Consultancy firm – Cadman Concepts P/L. This partnership provides a cost-effective option to Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers/ Importers who are yet to implement a system or need to review/ upgrade their processes in preparation for the RVSA. This option is available to Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers and Importers of all sizes to assist them in complying with the Conformity of Production requirements.
The Department have now provided detailed guidance material on the Expected detail of a quality management system (QMS) in Appendix 2 on page 65-68 and a QMS Summary of measures and actions used to demonstrate control in Appendix 3 on page 69 within the Guide to Vehicle Type Approvals (March 2021).
What is Conformity of Production?
You can think of Conformity of Production and a Quality Management System as being asked to put together a Caravan Cake Cookbook containing a series of recipes. It may well be that the “recipes” have been the same for years and handed down from generation to generation, but now you need to turn those traditional recipes (often not well documented) into a professional and comprehensive Cookbook.
The recipes within Caravan Cookbook should contain enough detailed information (ingredients lists and quantities, method etc.) so that anyone can pick up the Cookbook and make a Caravan Cake which turns out the same EVERY time.
In order to get the Cookbook published, you will need to ensure that your key “ingredients” are “approved” and come from a reputable supermarket and ensure that your “method’ contains all the required steps and information needed for anyone to make the Caravan Cake.
Manufacturers and Importers of Recreational Vehicles are required to ensure every Recreational Vehicle they supply to market complies with the relevant Australian Design Rules (ADRs) and other regulations. To ensure every Recreational Vehicle produced consistently conforms with these mandatory regulations, manufacturers and importers need to have an effective system in place to control and document all stages of the design and manufacturing process.
Compliance with the ADRs is usually initially demonstrated by testing pre-production or early production samples of Recreational Vehicles. However, it is typical for the design to evolve throughout the life of the model. With this in mind, the Recreational Vehicle Manufacturer or Importer needs to have a system in place to control these processes.
Given the level of product customisation within the Recreational Vehicle industry this can be a challenge, that’s why Caravan Industry Association of Australia has partnered with Cadman Concepts P/L to provide a cost-effective option to industry businesses.
Further to this, the federal vehicle regulators (VSS) have indicated that Conformity of Production may be an area that Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers and Importers need to focus on in the lead up to obtaining the required type approvals under the RVSA.
As an RVSA approval holder, you may be subject to a federal regulator Conformity of Production (COP) audit at any time. Failure to demonstrate that you have effective control of your processes may result in your approval being suspended or cancelled – meaning you can no longer supply Recreational Vehicles to market.
Who does it apply to?
If you manufacture or import Recreational Vehicles, to be eligible for an approval under the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA), you must be able to prove you have sufficient control over your manufacturing processes.
Furthermore, if you manufacture/import/ supply road vehicle (or trailer) components, to be eligible for a Component Type Approval (CTA) under the RVSA you will need to prove you have some form of Quality Management System (QMS) in place to demonstrate that you have effective control on Conformity of Production.
Why is it important?
You will not be able to obtain a vehicle (or trailer) type approval under the RVSA unless you can demonstrate that you have effective control on Conformity of Production. This means you have effective control (or influence) over all stages of design, componentry, and manufacture of the Recreational Vehicles you are producing or supplying through some form of Quality Management System (QMS).
In addition, there are many other benefits to implementing an effective Quality Management System such as improved efficiency, reduced re-work costs, lower warranty rates/claims and improved customer satisfaction – just to name a few.
What are my options?
Caravan Industry Association of Australia has partnered with an Automotive Engineering Consultancy firm – Cadman Concepts P/L to provide a cost-effective option to assist Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers and Importers of all sizes to comply with the Conformity of Production requirements.
Steven Ghaly from Cadman Concepts Homologation Solutions has developed a system that includes all the necessary controls to assist in meeting the legislated Conformity of Production (COP) requirements – the D | P | A | Q model. For more information on this system click the details and pricing button below.
The system is designed to be easily adapted and applied to individual businesses, allowing for customising to suit individual business size, production style, culture etc.
The system is now available. If you are interested in this system, please fill out the expression of interest form by clicking the button below.
Conformity of Production & RVMAP
To further strengthen the Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Accreditation Program (RVMAP), Accredited businesses moving forward must be able to demonstrate they have some form of Quality Management System in place.
To align with the commencement of the RVSA, the RVMAP Licence Agreement (which every accredited business must agree to) has been amended with a Conformity of Production/ Quality Management System requirement.
Who are Cadman Concepts Homologation Solutions?
Cadman Concepts is an Automotive Engineering Consultancy which specialises in providing bespoke Homologation solutions to the Automotive industry to allow them to supply vehicles to the Australian market.
You may be asking, exactly what is Homologation? In the automotive world, Homologation is used to signify the granting of an approval by a Government authority to supply vehicles to the market and encompasses the entire complex process of making sure the vehicle complies with the nominated standards and regulation from the beginning of the design/development phase up until the point of sale. This process requires a Homologation system to be put in place to ensure the tested and certified designs are manufactured using a process that controls the quality and conformity of the vehicle.
Cadman Concept’s Principal Homologation Engineering Manager, Steven Ghaly, has been providing these services to the automotive industry for over 23 years.
Having provided his expertise to Several OEM vehicle manufactures (Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, FUSO, Navistar, Ford, IVECO, Volvo & Renault Trucks to name a few), Bespoke Vehicle Suppliers, Vehicle Modifiers and Body Builders he has gained invaluable expertise in creating solutions to the most complex of Homologation Problems. Cadman Concepts is also a registered Test Facility and Steven Ghaly is an accredited VASS/AVE Engineer.
One of Steven’s strengths is his ability to create a practical Homologation system that controls one of the main pillars of the entire process – Conformity of Production (COP). COP controls, are by far the most important aspect of the entire Homologation system, as they ensure the certified and tested Designs are supplied to the market and they are used by the Authorities to ensure the same.