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ERA Technology join the list of certification bodies accepting CASS Functional Safety Management Declarations

11 April 2011

Following the launch of the new freely-downloadable Functional Safety Management Declaration form at HazardEx in February, ERA Technology has become the latest CASS-appointed body to offer advice on Functional Safety Management and accept the completed forms under the scheme.

IEC 61508 2nd edition now makes the requirement for Functional Safety Management (FSM) mandatory. The documentation needed to demonstrate your FSM is now FREE.

Prosalus joins the list of safety specialists supporting the CASS scheme for Functional Safety Management

A standardised form developed from the proven CASS methodology 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 FSM declaration documents use the long-standing and proven CASS method, using targets of evaluation to demonstrate compliance to IEC 61508.  Using the CASS method, users can obtain a level of certification 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 IEC 61508 and to sector standards such as IEC 61511 - one declaration to show your FSM to others. The CASS method includes the Competency Management System used as part of the FSM declaration. A number of notified bodies have joined the scheme to become CASS-appointed bodies and receive the FSM declarations.  Amongst the first were BASEEFA, Intertek, MIRA Ltd and Sira / CSA International, and now ERA Technology have joined the scheme. Other major certifying bodies are continuing to join this list.

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 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 the project and the form can then be used for suppliers to document their FSM in a standard format that is 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.
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.
Functional Safety Management within your reach

For more information contact:
Clive de Salis
Chair of The CASS Scheme Ltd
c/o Rowan House Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)121 422 3311

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