Guideline for the validation of functional safety according to IEC 61508

Jacques Herard, Jan Jacobson, Maarit Kivipuro, Timo Malm, Tor Stålhane, Risto Tiusanen

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    This guideline addresses the validation activities for safety-related functions realized through programmable electronic systems (PES) according to the IEC 61508 standard.

    It is primarily a guidance for testing institutes, in the performance of the validation work of PES.

    The standard is generic and quite large. Further explanation on how to use the IEC 61508 standard is needed.

    Based on the assessment of the hazard and risk analysis, an appropriate safety integrity level shall be allocated. This work will eventually give a solid basis for determining the safety integrity level (SIL) required for a particular system and a verdict on the realised SIL.

    The current document is also useful to designers and constructors in all industry sectors when developing safety-related control systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages50
    Publication statusPublished - 2000
    MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

    Publication series

    SeriesNordtest technical report
    NumberNT TR 459


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