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Implementing Functional Safety Standards

Summary: [This abstract is based on the authors' abstract.] In the EU project SafEUr, the partnership developed a skill set with learning objectives, training materials, and tools to teach and coach the implementation of IEC 61508 and ISO 26262. Automotive, medical, and nuclear industry gave input to the project. A group of more than 20 multinational companies (SOQRATES) that are also active in the automotive industry (some of them represent the largest suppliers in the automotive industry) organized reviews and trial courses with safety managers. This led to a defined set of skills and tools that are expected from functional safety managers and functional safety engineers. In this article, the authors describe the results of SafEUr, and they explain, based on an example, how these new methods impact the future system and software design strategies in the automotive industry.

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  • Topics: Standards
  • Keywords: Product safety, Safety, Patient Safety, Automotive, Standards and specifications, Certification, Software, Product design
  • Author: Messnarz, Richard; Kreiner, Christian; Riel, Andreas; Sechser, Bernhard; Dussa-Ziegert, Klaudia; Nevalainen, Risto; Tichkiewitch, Serge
  • Journal: Software Quality Professional Magazine