IEC 62960-2020 Dependability reviews during the life cycle.
It provides guidance for developers, manufacturers, users and third-party independent reviewers such as consulting organizations.
This document describes a dependability review methodology focusing on:
– coherence of review activities across life cycle stages and their impact on dependability;
– stakeholder identification and how this affects dependability review activities;
– the relationships between different types of reviews;
– procedures for effective dependability reviews;
– examples of dependability review activities.
2 Normative references
The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies.
For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.
IEC 60050-1 92, International electrotechnical vocabulary – Part 192: Dependability (available at
3 Terms and definitions
3.1 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in IEC 60050-1 92 and the following apply.
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3.1.1 dependability management
coordinated activities to direct and control an organization with regard to dependability
Note 1 to entry: Dependability management is part of an organization’s overall management.
[SOURCE: IEC 60300-1 :201 4, 3.1 .4]
3.1.2 dependability plan
set of scheduled activities that when carried out are aimed to achieve dependability objectives and targets for an item
[SOURCE: IEC 60300-1 :201 4, 3.1 .6, modified – “that when carried out are aimed” added.]
3.1.3 dependability review
review which focuses on the dependability aspects of an item, system or process being reviewed
Note 1 to entry: A dependability review can be a standalone review or a part of a review covering wider aspects.
3.1.4 design review
planned and documented review of an existing or proposed design
Note 1 to entry: Objectives include evaluation of the design’s capability to fulfil the specified requirements,identification for any actual or potential deficiencies, proposing enhancements.
Note 2 to entry: A design review by itself is not sufficient to ensure proper design.
Note 3 to entry: The design can be for a product or process.
Note 4 to entry: The design review can be achieved by means of a meeting or other documented process.
3.1.5 gap analysis
method to compare what is achieved with what is required in order to identify differences and make improvements
3.1.6 item
subject being considered
Note 1 to entry: The item may be an individual part, component, device, functional unit, equipment, subsystem, or system.
Note 2 to entry: The item may consist of hardware, software, people or any combination thereof.
Note 3 to entry: The item often comprises elements that may each be individually considered.
[SOURCE: IEC 60050-1 92:201 5, 1 92-01 -01 , modified – Note 3 modified by omission of internal references and Notes 4 and 5 deleted.]
3.1.7 life cycle
series of identifiable stages through which an item goes, from its conception to disposal EXAMPLE A typical system life cycle consists of: concept and definition; design and development; construction, installation and commissioning; operation and maintenance; mid-life upgrading, or life extension and decommissioning and disposal.
Note 1 to entry: The stages identified will vary with the application.
[SOURCE: IEC 60050-1 92:201 5, 1 92-01 -09]
3.1.8 management
coordinated activities to direct and control an organization.IEC 62960 pdf download.