Process Assessment in Supplier Selection for Safety-Critical Systems in Nuclear Domain

  • Timo VarkoiEmail author
  • Risto Nevalainen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10489)


Nuclear power plants set strict requirements for their suppliers. Need for digital systems containing software increases as analog technology is maintained and replaced. We have used process assessments to evaluate safety-related systems development and developed a tailored assessment method for that. Selection of a capable supplier is a key to successful system delivery and qualification. Process assessments are found to be a cost-efficient way to analyze systems development. This paper provides a practical example in applying a process assessment method in supplier evaluation. A similar approach could be exploited in other domains, where domain specific requirements are essential. Benefits of the approach are discussed based on the experiences so far.


Safety Systems engineering Process assessment Nuclear SPICE 



This work has been jointly funded by the Finnish national nuclear safety program SAFIR2018 ( and Finnish Software Measurement Association, FiSMA (


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Finnish Software Measurement Association – FiSMA ryEspooFinland

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