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What is APQP?

What is Advanced Product Quality Planning?

APQP stands for Advanced Product Quality Planning. It is a disciplined process for suppliers to ensure they are capable of designing product and/or manufacturing systems that will meet their automotive customers’ requirements. It outlines a process for introduction of a new product while minimizing risk for you and your customer.

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APQP stands for Advanced Product Quality Planning

It is how a new or revision to an existing product is designed, developed, manufactured and controlled.


  • A process, not an event.
  • Structured methodology.
  • Assures customer satisfaction.

The output of APQP is

The Continual Improvement of Product Realization.

APQP is one of five Core Tools


Existing Products – After product launch, process monitoring and review are used.

  • As a catalyst for continual improvement.
  • To prevent defects.
  • As a means for enforcing plant-floor discipline for controlling characteristic variation.

New Products – For new products, the existing process monitoring and review knowledge base.

  • Acts as an input to the Product Development process.
  • Brings the operator into the initial phases of product and process design.

Transfer Products – Moving product manufacturing from one site to another.


  • Resources are directed toward customer satisfaction.
  • Early identification of required changes.
  • Changes close to or after product launch are avoided.
  • Process can successfully accommodate unavoidable changes.
  • A quality product is provided on time at the lowest cost.
  • Basis for continual improvement.


APQP includes Manufacturing Process Design & Review and cannot be excluded from the Quality Management System.

Management Review


  • Results of audits.
  • Customer feedback.
  • Process performance and product conformity.

APQP Status – Measurements at specific stages. 


  • Status of preventive and corrective actions.
  • Follow-up actions from previous management reviews.
  • Planned changes that could affect the Quality Management System.
  • Recommendations for improvement.
  • Analysis of actual and potential field failures and their impact on quality, safety, or the environment.

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