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Functional Safety Management from suppliers

Author : J GALE

17 February 2011

Functional Safety Management from suppliers: - It's within their reach - It's within your reach

Free download for Functional Safety Management
- Showing your Functional Safety Management to your customers is now made easy.
- Checking the Functional Safety Management of your suppliers is now made even easier.

IEC61508 2nd edition now makes the requirement for Functional Safety Management system (FSM) mandatory.

The documentation needed to demonstrate your FSM is now FREE

A standardised form is used to write down and declare your FSM system thereby helping to ensure that a full statement is made. The user then lodges the Declaration with a CASS-appointed body. The CASS-appointed body holds the un-audited declaration for 10 years using a similar approach to ATEX in which the CASS-appointed body makes the file available when required with the same kind of charges as a notified body makes for holding an ATEX file.

The FSM declaration documents use the long-standing and proven CASS method using targets of evaluation to demonstrate compliance to IEC61508. Using the CASS method means that users can then obtain the level of certification needed according to their clients' needs: Everything from a basic declaration for a client's QA department to check right up to fully accredited certification. The new scheme is fully responsive to customer demand.

The forms for a FSM declaration are FREE and are available on both The 61508 Association website and on The CASS website

Completed Functional Safety Management Declarations can now be lodged with a number of certification companies around the world.
- The forms are FREE
- It’s simple to do
- It’s low cost

The CASS method provides the tools to demonstrate compliance to the latest edition of IEC61508 and to sector standards such as IEC61511. One declaration to show your FSM to others.

A number of notified bodies have joined the scheme to become CASS-appointed bodies and receive the FSM declarations. Amongst the first are BASEEFA, Intertek, MIRA Ltd and Sira / CSA International. Other major companies are joining this list and there will be regular announcements throughout this year as the list grows around the world.

The CASS method includes the Competency Management System used as part of the FSM declaration.

The SAME form can be used as the tool to check the FSM of your suppliers as the standards require and as safety authorities such as the HSE demand. Part 2 which shows a supplier's scope can be tailored to show the scope required of the project and the form can then be used to get suppliers to document their FSM on a standard format that becomes easy for QA to understand, compare and check.

The forms are available on both The 61508 Association website and on The CASS website

The website includes free downloadable help pages to guide the user through the FSM declaration form. Also on the website are links to businesses that can provide support and advice as well as links to the CASS-appointed bodies that will accept the completed form.

At the launch at HazardEx in Harrogate a workshop is offered by The 61508 Association and Sira that allows participants to be guided through the Functional Safety Management declaration process.

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