Electrical, electronic and programmable electronic products and components are used in safety-related applications in many industries and require a high degree of safety, reliability and quality. Their failure can result in danger to both people and the environment.
We support companies in developing and manufacturing safety-related products and systems according to IEC 61508, IEC 61511 and product or application specific standards such as IEC 61800, IEC 61496, EN 298, EN 13611, EN 81, IEC 62061, ISO 26262 and ISO 13849. We assess products and provide technical reports, and, if a product complies with the applicable industrial standards, we issue a certificate confirming its functional safety capabilities.
As a worldwide independent testing and certification institute, we have extensive experience working with industry leaders on functional safety developments. Our Functional Safety Certificates as well as our corresponding test marks are acknowledged around the globe.
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Our functional safety product assessments help you ensure that requirements and standards have been fulfilled. They also save time and money, enabling manufacturers to streamline development efforts, since our support starts in the early phases of concept development. This way our team of experts identifies possible obstacles early in the development process. This reduces the risk of unplanned additional development cycles. We document the fulfillment of relevant safety standards through the certification process and with our test mark, which reduces your liability and increases trust in your company.
Our methodical approach to confirming functional safety includes – but may not be limited to – the following steps:
We provide comprehensive functional safety product assessments, including type approvals of safety-related products, evaluation and certification of mechanical safety-related products, and functional safety testing for automotive components.
Products covered by our functional safety certification services include:
Type approvals of safety-related products
Type approvals provide evidence that a product meets the requirements of relevant product standards and that it can be used in the specified range of operation. It also provides the basis for the producer's CE declaration of conformity, since all relevant European Directives are applied.
A type approval is structured in the following phases:
Evaluating and certifying mechanical safety-related products
In order to protect employees, society and the environment, safety-related systems should comply with IEC 61508, which defines applicable fault avoidance and control measures for functional safety components and systems. We offer support in compiling the documentation and carrying out the precise qualifications necessary to fulfill the requirements for IEC 61508. As part of these services we:
Mechanical products suitable for functional safety certification include:
After confirming that your mechanical components are in accordance with ISO 61508, we apply our “SIL/PL capability” test mark.
Functional safety testing for automotive components
Requirements or applicable methods and processes for the development and manufacturing of safety-related, automotive electrical/electronic systems are defined in ISO 26262, which requires that an external testing institute confirm the functional safety of products of a certain safety level onward. While the standard is not mandatory, it is considered state-of-the-art in the automotive industry, and many manufacturers require component suppliers to apply it during product development.
Our functional safety services for automotive components include:
In addition, our experts can provide in-depth information regarding all directives and standards related to automotive functional safety as well as an explanation of Automotive Safety Integrity Levels (ASIL).
“Functional Safety” and “Product Functional Safety” test marks
The test mark "Product Safety, Functional Safety " is applied to products requiring product- or application standards of functional safety to be used in safety-related applications. Failsafe behavior according to a defined safety level (SIL, PL or other) has to be proven in accordance to the relevant standards for all of these products.
All aspects of functional safety must be considered for both test marks:
In addition, for the “Product Safety, Functional Safety” mark, all aspects of functional safety, product and applicable environmental and electrical requirements must be considered:
The test marks show that products are suitable for use in a safety function to a defined SIL / PL according to the described requirements of the user manual. The “Product Safety Functional Safety” test mark also confirms appropriate product testing content.
The test marks can also be issued in combination with the cyber security test mark if the corresponding requirements are fulfilled. See our services for cyber security in industrial automation.
With an international presence and clients who are themselves leaders in their fields, we are a respected, recognized expert in functional safety worldwide. Partnering with us provides access to expertise gathered and honed over many years of experience in the field. In recognition of our high standards, our Automation and Functional Safety Division is accredited by the DAkkS as a certification body according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17065 (DAkkS certificate D-ZE-11052-02-01), an inspection body according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020 (DAkkS certificate D-IS-11052-04-01) as well as a test laboratory according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 (DAkkS certificate D-PL-11052-01-00)
In addition, our test marks and certificates are global symbols of transparency and consumer safety. Test marks always reference a detailed service description or report and an ID number, which can be used online to track which testing and certification services have been performed.
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