CQI-23 Molding System Assessment

Importance and application of CQI-23 Molding System Assessment

The North American automotive association AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) is the publisher of the CQI-Standards (“CQI” = Continuous Quality Improvement).
CQI-23 Molding System Assessment is a self-assessment regarding plastics molding processes and has to be conducted at a minimum 1 x per year.
This standard is a supplement to ISO TS 16949 (IATF 16949) under „customer-specific requirements“ and is valid for all automotive suppliers worldwide  that have signed a purchasing-, supply- and/or quality agreement in the entire supply chain.
TopQM-Systems has been an AIAG member for many years. As such we specialized at an early stage in introduction, further development, employee qualification and auditor training according to AIAG CQI-23 Molding System Assessment rules in the European and global automotive supply market.


Structure, content and elements of the CQI-23 questionnaire

  • Cover sheet

Master data of the plastics processing company
Audited areas for each applicable CQI-23 process table
Contact data (auditor, company, participants)
Result of the CQI audit

  • Audit elements Section 1-5

Section 1: Management responsibility and quality planning
Section 2: Floor and material handling responsibility
Section 3: Job audit
        Header data and master data of the audited product
        Questions regarding process flow
        Customer-specific product requirements

CQI-23 Molding System Assessment Process Tables

  • Process Table A

Injection molding

  • Process Table B

Blow Molding

  • Process Table C

Vacuum forming

  • Process Table D

Compression molding

  • Process Table E

Transfer molding

  • Process Table F

Extrusion (extrusion molding)

  • Process Table G

Process control and testing equipment

  • Process Table H

Part inspection and testing

TopQM-Systems worldwide CQI-23 Service

  • Conducting of CQI process audits and audit reporting in your company and at your locations
  • Conducting of CQI process audits at your external service providers
  • Training of „CQI-23 Auditors“ according to AIAG auditor qualification rules,  incl. seminar documentation, exam and issuing of certificates
  • As an official training partner of the AIAG, we offer licensed CQI-training modules (Understanding AIAG CQI Self-Assessment) and CQI basic knowledge.
  • CQI-FMEA training (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis)
  • Integration of the „CQI Self-Assessment“ in your QM system and your process audits
  • Certification support per ISO 9001 and  ISO TS 16949 (IATF 16949)

TopQM-Systems has already been conducting AIAG CQI process audits for well-known automotive manufacturers, in addition to CQI auditor training and In-house training in the entire supply chain.
Take advantage of specific know-how and contact us for a non-binding and free of charge consulting discussion or for an individual and detailed quote of our services.

TopQM-Systems project- and reference examples for conducting of CQI audits and CQI auditor training (Excerpt):


  • Robert Bosch
  • BMW
  • Advaltech
  • Opel
  • SKF
  • Doduco
  • Ejot
  • Kern Liebers
  • GKN
  • IMS Gear
  • Autoliv
  • Lear
  • Styner und Bienz
  • Various other customers...

Upon request, we will be more than happy to provide you with contact names and contact data for the mentioned  project- and reference examples.