Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The functional safety of modern products containing embedded systems has become a first priority in several industrial sectors. The IEC61508 group of standards require companies to have in place "Functional Safety Management". The objective of SafEUr is to create a European-wide accredited training and certification program for Functional Safety Managers, based on a skill card which is compliant to the European Qualification Framework. It will deliver modern e-Learning based training, that is based on practical case studies and best industry practices. This training will be complemented by a world-wide unique web-based integration platform for industry and academia in the domain of Embedded Systems. SafEUr trainers and trainees will be trained and certified all over Europe, assuring a major impact and sustainability of the program. High-impact international dissemination channels to industry and academia will be deployed in order to involve and inform external partners.
A close and strong partnership of Graz, University of Technology, EMIRAcle (European Manufacturing Innovation Initiative), ISCN), and the ECQA (European Certification and Qualification Associatioon) started three years ago, collaborating on integrated dersign issues and safety standards.
Among those are companies from SOQRATES (www.soqrates.de) German task force, which unites leading German companies in automotive, software, and embedded systems development with the target to create standards, exchange best practices, etc. World leading companies such as Continental and ZF Friedrichshafen AG collaborate in these safety task forces.
The partnership was further joined by Methodpark and Spinet Oy who are representatives of Germany and Finland developing the ISO 15504 part 10 functional safety assessment method. And finally Saxel joined the partnership who built a library of functional safety knowledge for leading French industry.
In this program we join the klnpwöledge and skills and develop a Europe wide skills set, training program and certification schema as part of ECQA.
The partners specifically target the follwing objectives:
1.) Contrary to the few trainings in Functional Safety competencies that exist today, the training that they wish to have should not be limited to delivering knowledge about standards in the field, but much rather be based on practical case studies, experience, best practices, and sensitization for tendencies and upcoming tools and methods (i.e;, research and pre-development).
2) As described in the IEC61508 family of standards, mastering Functional Safety is an organisation-wide topic, and thus a management issue. Thus, they see a key importance in agreeing on competences required for Functional Safety Managers rather than Engineers.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
description of new occupation profiles
transparency and certification
open and distance learning
This research and industry partnership develops a functional safety manager concept which
Although the IEC61508 group of standards require companies to have in place "Functional Safety Management", there are absolutely no training programs available, which
a) is accredited European-wide,
b) has an associated European-level certification,
c) also teaches management competences in Functional Safety,
d) is not high-level, but with guidance, practical detail, best practices, and case studies,
e) and has strong links to cutting-edge knowledge and tendencies in the field, thus allowing to keep certified managers pace with the unequalled rapid development of the embedded systems domain.
The partnership and task forces involved also have members in the German Automotive safety engineering working party of the German Automotive association assuring impact on companies addressing millions of employees in the Eurpopean market.