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Functional Safety in the Automotive Industry - ISO 26262

Producers of safety relevant technical systems in the automotive industry are obliged to develop their systems according to all technical and scientific aspects of functional safety.

ISO 26262 defines the requirements of functional safety for electrical and electronic systems. Application of the mentioned standard lead to a correlating documented safety evidence of conformity.

Our Services

  • Consulting and Realization
    • Installation, development and improvement of the organization of functional safety and strategy within a company throughout all phases and work products during the entire safety lifecycle at the system-, hardware- and software level
    • Risk analysis and risk minimization
    • Safety analysis: FMEA, Single-Point Fault Metric (SPFM), Latent Fault Metric (LFM) etc.
    • Optimization of the functional safety Management, as well as the associated engineering activities relating to cost, efficiency, time and assigned safety requirement level (ASIL)
  • Client Specific Offers
    • In-house education of single or multiple personnel about the standards
    • Topic- and/or project-specific expert coachings
  • Personal Certfication Programs FSCAE, FSCAC and FSCAM
    New technologies and advanced functionalities in vehicles lead to the development of ever more safety relevant electronical Systems in the automobile industry. At the same time, not only the number of electronical components and systems increases, but also their complexity and requirements for safety. The safety standard ISO 26262 requires companies to ensure that personnel supposed to be familiar with functional safety posseses a sufficient amount of competence and qualification. Since the publication of the ISO 26262, trained personnel is desperately being sought after on the labor market that can prove their adequate competence and professionalism through relevant qualifications.

 In order to achieve this goal, we have developed a three-stage personal certification program.

  • Stage 1 = FSCAE (Functional Safety Certified Automotive Engineer) lays the foundation and testifies the knowledge of concepts and goals of functional safety management.
  • Stage 2 = FSCAC (Functional Safety Certified Automotive Coordinator /Consultant) certifies the competence to plan, conduct and document assessments based on the ISO 26262.
  • Stage 3 = FSCAM (Functional Safety Certified Automotive Manager) testifies the competence to be a process owner of functional safety management and to plan Tasks within Projects.

By clicking on the respective link, you will find details concerning the training content and process, as well as additional information about more qualification programs.

  • Assessment and Certification
    • Objective and Independent assessment of organizations, processes and products in terms of functional safety according to ISO 26262 (gap analysis „QuickCheck“, functional safety assessment, confirmation reviews, audits)
    • Certfication through TÜV NORD GROUP after successful completion of the assessment

Profit from the long-term experience of our staff by implementing their knowledge and skills into your projects:

The employees of the competency field „functional safety“ of the institute for vehicle technology and mobility (IFM) actively develop the standards in the respective standard committees:

  • VDA NA-A (ISO 26262)
  • VDMA WG Safety (ISO 25119)
  • DKE/GK 914 (IEC61508 Rev2)
  • TTA Steer-by-Wire WG

Frequently Asked Questions

What does functional safety mean?

The malfunction of a technical system must not lead to an endangerment of people.

Manufacturers of technical products in the automobile and agriculture industry are obliged to develop their systems according to the state-of-the-art technology.

The ISO 26262 defines requirements for the functional safety of electrical and electronic systems. By applying the named Standards corresponding documented safety evidences of the degree of conformity are created.

Which safety standards do exist?

Through the publication of the ISO 26262 „Road Vehicles – Functional Safety“ specific Standards relating to the automobile industry, their development process and the product itself were requested for the first time.

They replace the IEC 61508 as the hitherto existing generic standard for functional safety. The Goal is to create safer and more reliable vehicles.

Do I have to consider the standards?

Manufacturers of technical products are forced to ensure that their technical Systems are developed according to all aspects of functional safety based on state-of-the-art science and Technology due to the law on product liability.

It rests with the manufacturer to submit evidence in case of a damage. If a vehicle is developed and produced on all levels according to the safety Standard the car manufacturer posseses a solid starting position for reasoning.

Which areas apply to the standards?

Manufacturers do not only have to observe a part of the system in the respective development phase, but also examine the entire system within the life cycle. It lasts from the first developmental steps to decommissioning.

The entire system must reach the required Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) of the safety goal. All components (especially the software) which are necessary to reach the safety Goal are examined.