Using UML Profiles for Sector-Specific Tailoring of Safety Evidence Information

  • Rajwinder Kaur Panesar-Walawege
  • Mehrdad Sabetzadeh
  • Lionel Briand
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6998)


Safety-critical systems are often subject to certification as a way to ensure that the safety risks associated with their use are sufficiently mitigated. A key requirement of certification is the provision of evidence that a system complies with the applicable standards. The way this is typically organized is to have a generic standard that sets forth the general evidence requirements across different industry sectors, and then to have a derived standard that specializes the generic standard according to the needs of a specific industry sector. To demonstrate standards compliance, one therefore needs to precisely specify how the evidence requirements of a sector-specific standard map onto those of the generic parent standard. Unfortunately, little research has been done to date on capturing the relationship between generic and sector-specific standards and a large fraction of the issues arising during certification can be traced to poorly-stated or implicit relationships between a generic standard and its sector-specific interpretation. In this paper, we propose an approach based on UML profiles to systematically capture how the evidence requirements of a generic standard are specialized in a particular domain. To demonstrate our approach, we apply it for tailoring IEC61508 – one of the most established standards for functional safety – to the Petroleum industry.


Safety Certification UML Profiles Evidence Information Models IEC61508 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajwinder Kaur Panesar-Walawege
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mehrdad Sabetzadeh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lionel Briand
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Simula Research LaboratoryLysakerNorway
  2. 2.University of OsloOsloNorway

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