The current pandemic situation does still not allow to perform all SPICE related activities onsite. intacs™ and VDA QMC already accepted to perform assessments and trainings completely online for a limited time. But not all activities ensure the same high-quality expectations of intacs™. Therefore, the current rules apply and are allowed until December 31st, 2021:

For the following training courses, the online execution (including online exams) is allowed:

  • intacs™ certified Provisional Assessor
  • intacs™ certified Competent Assessor *)
  • intacs™ Introduction to VDA Automotive SPICE® Guidelines


For the following observations, the online execution is allowed:

  • Competent Course Participant Observation
  • Competent Assessor Candidate Observation (during an assessment) **)
  • Instructor Observation ***)


For assessments, the online execution is allowed:

  • The VDA Automotive SPICE Guideline specifies 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 current COVID-19 related restrictions to meet in person, the forenamed requirement is suspended until the above mentioned date.
    The VDA QMC project group thereby likes to foster the performance of assessments during the pandemic.
  • intacs recommends following the Guideline for Remote Process Assessments.


*) For the “intacs™ certified Competent Assessor” training, there are mandatory rules:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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.
  • A new 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 also includes the criteria for observers who have an important responsibility.