New CFSE Automotive Safety Specialty

Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 03:10 PM gHale


The Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) Program introduced a new Automotive Safety Applications specialty.

The Automotive Safety Applications program applies to personnel who implement safety related systems in automotive applications. This specialty also focuses on understanding and the proper application of the ISO 26262 standard, as well as relevant areas of IEC 61508.

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“The importance of competency in safety engineering is clearly understood but can be hard to demonstrate,” said Chris O’Brien, member of the CFSE Automotive Advisory Board and partner with exida.

“For more than a decade, the CFSE program has been the choice of industry to evaluate functional safety competency in a thorough and unbiased way,” he said.

The Automotive Safety Applications program applies to personnel involved in the implementation of safety-related systems in Automotive Applications. The CFSE/CFSP Automotive Safety exams consist of questions prepared and reviewed by automotive safety experts. A periodic review occurs to assure that questions are understandable to those well-versed in the applicable standards and fields of practice.

The CFSE/CFSP Process Safety program requires demonstrated competency in current standards. Anyone not up to date will be unlikely to pass. While experience and conservative judgment is important to safety, experience alone is not enough. Additional preparation is needed for anyone not completely up to date with current standards and practice.

The CFSE GB highly recommends a student study at least 40-50 self-study hours for preparation of the CFSE/CFSP exam.

The curriculum for this program consists of general functional safety knowledge plus the knowledge in the applicable field of expertise:
1. General requirements of ISO 26262
2. Other relevant national and international regulations (ECE-R13, ECE-R79 Annexes SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS TO BE APPLIED TO THE SAFETY ASPECTS OF COMPLEX ELECTRONIC VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEMS)
3. Common terms and definitions
4. Safety Lifecycle concepts and objectives
5. Safety management in a distributed development environment during the concept phase, product development, and after the item’s release for production
6. General documentation requirements
o a. Configuration management and Change control requirements
o Confirmation measure requirements, independence of confirmation
7. Item definition
8. Hazard identification, analysis and risk assessment concepts and procedures
9. Product development at the system, hardware, and software level
10. Development of functional and technical system-level requirements, Functional and Technical safety concept
11. ASIL decomposition
12. System, hardware, software design traceable to the functional and technical safety requirements
13. ASIL- oriented and safety-oriented analyses
o a. Interpretation of tables
o b. Dependent failure requirements and recommendations
14. Safety case compilation

For more information, click on the cfse website.



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