ASPICE® Standards Get Updated to PAM 4.0

by Chad Kymal,Ranjeet Chhabra published on August 30, 2023

The Automotive SPICE® is undergoing major changes in its scope, requirements, guidelines, and training. Watch this webinar recording to find out the essentials of this change to PAM 4.0 from Omnex’s ASPICE® experts, Mr. Ranjeet Chhabra, intacs™ and ASPICE® Principal Assessor & instructor and member of intacs™ working groups, and Mr. Chad Kymal, CTO of Omnex and Principal Assessor for ASPICE®. They will present the changes to ASPICE® in the new PAM 4.0.

ASPICE® v4.0 (officially v3.991 – draft of 4.0) is released and there have been some major changes in the new version. This includes major structural changes with the addition of new process groups and processes, including changes in BPs and GPs. The VDA Scope has also undergone critical changes. The current ASPICE® VDA scope is structured as basic set that includes some of the Management and Support processes along with four plug ins – SYS, SWE, HW, and ML (Machine Learning). VDA recommended scope for an assessment includes basic set with at least one plugin SYS, SWE, HW, or ML (machine learning). Additional plug ins, and processes from ASPICE® (flex scope), including processes from other PRM, can be added as per the assessment purpose.

Watch this webinar recording to learn more about this important update.


Chad Kymal

Chad Kymal is the CTO and Founder of Omnex Inc. He is the author of seven books and more than 100 papers including several on integrated management systems. Chad is currently on the writing committees for several standards including TC 22/ SC 32/WG 8 for ISO 26262 (Functional Safety), ISO/TC 176 for ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management), ISO/TC 207 for ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management), and PC283 for ISO 45001 (Health and Safety Management Systems). He founded and was the CEO of an Automotive registrar for over 10 years and is familiar with conducting audits, being witnessed for audits, and also evaluating auditors and assessors. He authored and teaches a course for 3rd Party Auditors for Automotive Registrars on behalf of International Automotive Certification Bodies Association (IACBA). This course explains how 3rd Party Auditors audit IATF 16949 in an environment that includes ASPICE, Functional Safety and Product Cybersecurity. He is currently rolling out the course to global 3rd Party Auditors for IATF 16949. Chad has spent over 20 years in system, hardware and software development in various capacities. He assesses and works in automotive system, hardware and software for Agile, ASPICE, and Functional Safety ISO 26262. Chad is also currently an intacsTM certified Principal Assessor for Automotive SPICE.

Ranjeet Chhabra

Ranjeet Chhabra is an Omnex consultant and trainer with more than 20 years of core process consulting/training and assessment experience for automotive supplier organizations and OEMs. Ranjeet is an intacsTM certified Principal Assessor for Automotive SPICE® and intacsTM certified Instructor for Provisional and Competent Assessors for Automotive SPICE®. Mr. Chhabra has conducted more than 150 formal assessments utilizing Automotive SPICE® and trained over 300 Assessors (Provisional and Competent). He is also a committee member of intacsTM working groups and is actively involved in the development of Automotive SPICE® training material. Ranjeet is also a co-author of guidebooks on Automotive SPICE® (Introductory and Advance) for HIS scope of processes.