The Design FMEA is a point in time audit of the adequacy of the Design Specifications in defining a product that will meet the Product Requirements. The DFMEA identifies the risk that the company will be exposed to if a product is produced which meets the design specifications as they are currently defined. Using ISO terminology, you are trying to assess how well the design outputs meet the design input requirements.
The most important output of the DFMEA is the Design Verification Plan that will be performed to assess the adequacy of the Design Specifications.
One feature of a useful DFMEA are good Severity, Occurrence and Detection ratings. You can learn more about establishing DFMEA ratings quickly and accurately here:
Optimized Method For Establishing Design FMEA Ratings
Originally published in Quality Magazine under the title “Quality 101: Demystifying Design FMEAs” you will learn how to quickly generate accurate ratings to ensure issues with greatest financial risk to the company are identified.