Counterfeit Safety Certificates Found

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 @ 09:03 AM gHale

Exida, which certifies automation equipment for use in safety instrumented systems, unearthed counterfeit certificates claiming exida certification to Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capability of IEC 61508 are out in the industry.

Safety practitioners should consult the Safety Automation Equipment List (SAEL) to verify certification validity. The SAEL is a comprehensive directory of safety certified equipment assessed by accredited certification bodies such as exida, TÜV Rh., TÜV Süd, and TÜV Nord.

Authentic certification helps process manufacturers design and implement safety instrumented systems that comply with the IEC 61511/ISA 84 functional safety standard (as required by law in some areas of the world).

Additionally, authentic certification indicates the product hardware and software design, the safety manual, as well as the processes used for development, testing, and quality control, comply with the requirements of the IEC 61508 international standard.