Guidelines for Safety-Critical Software Now Available

Posted on July 31, 2020

Engineers and Geoscientists BC has completed and issued new Professional Practice Guidelines on safety-critical software.

Titled Professional Practice Guidelines – Development of Safety-Critical Software, the guidelines, published in July 2020, are intended to guide engineering professionals in the specification, design, implementation, verification, deployment, or maintenance of software that is used in safety-critical applications and scenarios. These guidelines focus on the application of engineering practice to software engineering in safety-critical applications, and identify the standard of practice expected of engineering professionals.

These guidelines were written for engineering professionals, statutory decision-makers, regulators, the public, and other stakeholders who might be involved in, or have an interest in, the development of safety-critical software in BC. The guidelines provide a common level of expectation for various stakeholders with respect to the level of effort, due diligence, and standard of practice to be followed regarding the development of safety-critical software.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC expects that these guidelines will be revised and updated as required in the future, to reflect the developing state of practice.

These guidelines, and other professional practice guidelines and practice-related resources, are provided at

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