Static analysis tools get ready for safety standards

June 28, 2011 //By Phil Ling
Programming Research has announced that its source code analyser tools are now undergoing certification by TÜV SÜD to ensure they are ‘fit for purpose’ for use in the development of safety related systems according to IEC 61508 Edition 2.0 and the ratified version of ISO 26262. The qualification is based on an audit of the software development, quality engineering and defect reporting processes used by PRQA in developing QA.C and QA.C ++.

At the same time, TÜV SÜD is evaluating the quality and compliance of the software development processes at PRQA and compliance to the Functional Safety manual which can guide vehicle manufacturers and suppliers on how to stay conformant as they vary the reference solution to fit their own specific development processes.

ISO 26262 is close to ratification and developers are already putting in place the methodologies needed for full compliance, according to PRQA’s CEO, Paul Blundell. It is expected that certification from TÜV SÜD will give them greater confidence in PRQA’s tools and help achieve compliance faster and more cost effectively.