VectorCAST for IEC 61508

IEC 61508 is the international industry standard governing functional safety of programmable electronic systems. IEC 61508 certification confirms that a product or system complies with objectives set by the standard. IEC 61508 is comprised of seven (7) parts. In “Part 3: Software requirements” (IEC 61508-3), the document defines software requirements and sets the safety lifecycle for software, including validation and verification. The safety lifecycle begins with a risk analysis to determine the Safety Integrity Level (SIL) required. IEC 61508-3 highly recommends certified tools and translators for safety integrity levels of SIL-2 and higher.