The 61508 Association
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The 61508 Association is a group of companies with an interest in gaining the full benefits of the successful implementation of IEC 61508 and related standards. : A principal aim is to promote the demonstration of compliance to these standards
The four principles of membership:
Who are we
Our members include end users, system integrators, manufacturers of sub-systems and components, consultants and certification bodies. Observers include the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as well as companies and individuals who are considering the advantages of membership.
What we do
The Association is run by the members through meetings and correspondence.
At any one time there are a number of working groups (WGs) which report to the members through the general meetings. WGs are formed to develop industry guidance on specific topics as needs are identified. Each WG is given a brief to review with a specified scope and deliverable. Completed deliverables are typically presented at an Association meeting after which the WG is disbanded. Examples of the output from our WGs can be seen under the following pages:
Dedicated to helping our members
As safety systems have become more complex so the need has grown to provide confidence that they will perform in the intended manner whenever they are called upon to do so. IEC 61508, provides a framework for all parties to work together to ensure that systems operate to the required level of integrity. Whether you are a specifier, designer, manufacturer, integrator, installer, operator or maintainer of safety systems, you need to find out how 61508 can help.
We enable our members to:
Conformity assessment tools
With so much resting on the integrity of safety systems, there is a necessity to demonstrate compliance to the standard at every level, whether it be an organisation’s functional safety management, the safety system itself or the components that form the system. The Conformity Assessment of Safety-related Systems (CASS) scheme was originally set-up by industry for industry with backing from the UK Government to provide the tools for this purpose. The conformity assessment procedures are open (free of charge), transparent and enable a consistent approach when used in the hands of competent assessors. The procedures can also be used by accredited certification providers to provide a high level of confidence to operators, suppliers and regulators. Responsibility for the management of the CASS scheme lies with an independent board of directors. The 61508 Association and the CASS scheme work together under a Memorandum of Understanding.