As with any professional discipline, standards are at the centre of our work.

This entry provides:

  • A list of relevant safety standards categorised by industrial domain.
  • A list of other relevant standards by project stage (e.g. requirements & coding standards).
  • A list of reference texts which give further detail about standards

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  • ARP 4761 – Guidelines and Methods for Conducting the Safety Assessment Process on Civil Airborne Systems and Equipment [SAE]
  • ARP 4754 – Certification Considerations for Highly-Integrated Or Complex Aircraft Systems [SAE]
  • DO-178B / ED-12B – Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification [RTCA / Eurocae]
  • DO-248B / ED-94B – Final Report for Clarification of DO-178B “Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification” [RTCA / Eurocae]
  • DO-254 / ED-80 – Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware [RTCA / Eurocae]


  • Safety Assessment Methodology [Eurocontrol]
  • ED109 – Guidelines for CNS/ATM Systems Software Integrity Assurance [Eurocae]
  • Recommendations for A.N.S. Software [Eurocontrol]
  • ANS Software Lifecycle [Eurocontrol]



  • Def Stan 00-56 – Safety Management Requirements for Defence Systems (Issue 4) [UK Ministry of Defence]
  • Def Aust 5679 – The Procurement of Safety-Critical Computer-Based Systems [Australian Department of Defence


  • EN 50126 – Railway applications. The specification and demonstration of reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) [Cenelec]
  • EN 50128 – Railway applications. Communications, signalling and processing systems. Software for railway control and protection systems [Cenelec]
  • EN50129 – Railway applications. Communication, signallign and processing systems. Safety related electronic systems for signalling [Cenelec

Multi-Industrial Domains

  • IEC 61508 – Functional safety of electrical/electronic/ programmable electronic safety-related systems [IET]

Other Relevant Standards

  • IEEE 830


The following books provide a useful information on standards:

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