There are different PPAP Levels, each with different types of documentation. In consultation with your Gore representative, you choose the Level that meets your needs. As you might expect, Level 1 involves the least amount of documentation. But a higher number does not always mean more documentation. As shown below, Level 3 actually requires the most documentation.

Whether you choose Level 1, 2, 3 or 4, Gore has streamlined the process to eliminate complexity and confusion — so you get your completed PPAP documents promptly!

PPAP Levels and Documentation

  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Turnaround 1 Week 3-5 Weeks 3-5 Weeks 3-5 Weeks
Parts Submission Warrant (PSW)
A one-page cover sheet that you sign and return upon completion of the PPAP approval process.
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Product Samples   Yes Yes  
Drawing Marked Drawing Marked Drawing Marked Drawing Marked Drawing
IMDS Report ID If Requested If Requested If Requested If Requested
Other Documentation NONE LIMITED
(Only the six items noted below)
(All supporting items noted below)
Customer may request any of the items listed at left, under Level 3.
PFD (Process Flow Diagram)     Yes  
PFMEA (Process Failure Mode Effect Analysis) or PFMEA Coversheet     Yes  
Control Plan
(lists Quality Controls for manufacturing)
Dimensional Data 
(for parts made from production tooling)
  Yes Yes  
Material Performance Data (for parts made from production tooling)   Yes Yes  
Lab Scope 
(Gore lab capabilities)
  Yes Yes  
Gauge Reliability & Repeatability (verifies the measuring instruments used in manufacturing)     Yes  
Standard Packing Form (Gore packaging info)   Yes Yes  
Certificate of Compliance (Gore manufacturing complies with product specs)   Yes Yes  
Material Certificate of Compliance 
(Gore material complies with product specs)
  Yes Yes  

When Is a PPAP Needed?

  • When you are purchasing a GORE Automotive Vent for the first time. (This includes current customers who begin purchasing parts from a different manufacturing facility.)

  • When you, or we, make any change that affects the form, fit, or function of the GORE Automotive Vent.

  • When you request it. (Customers may request a PPAP for reasons such as annual recertification or a change in engineering drawings.)

When a PPAP is needed, Gore is not permitted to ship parts to you until you have signed and returned the Parts Submission Warrant (PSW) form, which signals completion of the PPAP approval process.

To initiate a PPAP, contact your Gore representative or use this link.

Are There Exceptions?

Yes, you may sign a waiver so that product can be shipped before PPAP Approval is complete. There are two types of waivers:

  • Waiver of PPAP just for the first shipment. This allows an order to be processed and the first shipment to be sent out, even though the PPAP Approval process is not yet completed.
  • Waiver that attests that no PPAP is needed. Therefore, Gore is free to process your initial and all future orders, and ship product without delay.

Need a waiver? Ask your Gore representative. 


Construction, Mining, Agriculture, Earth-Moving or Industrial Equipment, Marine applications, or Off-Road Motorized Dirt Bikes, Quads, etc.: Automotive PPAP requirements do not apply to you. Please visit GORE® Protective Vents to see their portfolio of products engineered specifically for your applications.


Not for use in food, drug, cosmetic or medical device manufacturing, processing, or packaging operations.