Goal-Based Safety Standards and COTS Software

C Menon, J A McDermid, P Hubbard

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In this paper we examine some of the challenges associated with adequately demonstrating the safety of COTS products as required by goal-based safety standards. The safety evidence available for COTS products-if any-is sometimes of questionable quality and applicability. This paper introduces a framework for assessing the applicability of the available evidence when selecting a COTS product for purchase. Use of this framework enables the purchase of a particular COTS product to be justified from a safety perspective, as well as identifying where further post-purchase analysis of the software will be required to support a safety argument.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

4th IET International Conference on System Safety 2009. Incorporating the SaRS Annual Conference


  • goal based safety standards
  • COTS software selection
  • software post-purchase analysis
  • commercial off-the-shelf software

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