Note: There is a newer version of this specification see VEC 2.1.0

Defines the approval of an ItemVersion. This consists of the StatusOfApproval and the Permissions issued for the approval.

General Information

Attribute Value
Owner pdm
Applied Stereotype
Base Classifier ExtendableElement
Is Abstract false
Derived Classifiers


Name Type Mult. Description Owning Classifier
identification String 0..1

Specifies a unique identification of the approval. The identification is guaranteed to be unique over all VEC-documents. Normally this would reference to a company specific approval number or something similar. KBLFRM-349

description AbstractLocalizedString 0..*

Room for additional information about the item.

companyInScope String 0..*

Room to specify for which companies the Approval is valid. It might be e.g. that an approved Item may only be delivered by some specific company.

status StatusOfApproval 1

The approval level concerning approval status. Predefined are the values: NotYetApproved, Approved and Withdrawn. The status refers to the status of the Approval, not the status of the ItemVersion. So, e.g. withdrawn means the approval (with its corresponding level) has been withdrawn, not the ItemVersion itself.

levelOfApproval LevelOfApproval 0..1

Relates to activities that are allowed with the ItemVersion after release for example building pilot tools or production tools. The levelOfApproval applies to the ItemVersion itself without further detailing or additional context. So, for example "Free" means, that from a component’s perspective the corresponding PartVersion has satisfied all qualification procedures and can be used within its specified limits without restriction.

The levels Planned, Free, Invalid refer to a single approval level. The levels Develop and Restricted refer to a category of approval levels in the lifecycle of an ItemVersion that all belong to the same phase but are highly company specific. For example, Develop approvals might be a "a start of construction approval" or a "building of prototypes or tools allowed approval". "Restricted" approvals might be "only for special purpose vehicles", "spare part only" or "residual parts may be used up".

In these cases, the additionalLevelInformation can be used to provide further information (e.g. a company specific approval level).

additionalLevelInformation String 0..1

Additional potentially company specific information about the level of approval (e.g. further detailing of a "Restricted" approval.


Outgoing Relations

Other End This End General
Role Type Mult. Agg. Unique Ordered Mult. Description
permission Permission 0..* Y Y N 1

Specifies the permission issued with the approval.

Incoming Relations

This End Other End General
Role Mult. Agg. Unique Ordered Type Mult. Description
approval 0..* Y Y N ItemVersion 1 Specifies the approval information of the ItemVersion.