Many regulatory agencies and industry standards require engineering tools used as part of the safety development life-cycle to be qualified to ensure that the tool is functioning correctly for the intended purpose. Reliance on software tools for eliminating, reducing or automating elements of the safety life-cycle continues to increase. Formal tool qualification provides objective evidence of compliance with the regulatory standards, ensuring the tool functionality correctly performs the intended purpose. Using software tools in a qualified capacity enables users to achieve optimum value from the use of the tools, and significantly reduces the burden of costly and recurring manual reviews of the tool outputs.
The tool qualification process required by industry standards can be a complex process, and an additional burden on the development organization that is already concerned with making their own deliverables. Therefore the use of "off the shelf" tool qualification kits can be a desirable option to reduce development costs overall.
IBM business partner CertTech has recently introduced a new tool qualification kit (TQK) for IBM DOORS® Next Generation, to support highly regulated industries such as Automotive, Aerospace and Medical Electronics. The kit has being approved for use within the Automotive ISO-26262:2011 safety development life-cycle by the international service corporation assessor TÜV SÜD with a full report included as part of the kit.
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