ISO 26262 (Road Vehicles – Functional Safety)
Technology has become so much a part of our lives that we don’t always think about all of the places it exists. Take your car, for instance. There is a lot of hardware and software that goes into things that drivers take for granted, including assistance functions, control, and most importantly the safety systems. Processes such as power steering, navigation, park assist, stability control, and antilock brakes are controlled at least in part by complex electronic or electrical systems: they are things that probably aren’t noticed in the best of times, but if something goes wrong they will be sorely missed.
That’s where ISO 26262 comes in. ISO 26262, published in November 2011, focuses on the development and testing of electrical and electronic systems relating to motor vehicle safety systems, which have increased in complexity as well as risk. The standard focuses on risk control in passenger vehicles that transport fewer than nine people and weigh less than 3.5 tons. ISO 26262 is an international standard used by the United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom and is relevant worldwide. In some cases, automobiles can only be put on the market if their safety systems have been tested according to the guidelines laid out in ISO 26262.
PJR can issue a certificate of conformity to ISO 26262, which will demonstrate to your clients that safety and attention to detail are among your top priorities. In addition to hardware and software requirements, the standard includes management system requirements that overlap with ISO 9001-based standards. This makes it possible to receive a discount when you combine these two standards in your audit. For more information on ISO 26262, contact us at 1-800-800-7910 for a Project Manager in your area.