HOVIK, Norway – DNV GL recently launched its service specification for Functional Safety Certification, which can be applied to all electronic or programmable systems with safety functions. The company has issued its first Functional Safety Certificate against DNVGL-SE-0141 to Rockwell Automation Ltd.
The certificate demonstrates compliance to IEC 61508 and IEC 61511. IEC 61508 is the international standard for electrical, electronic, and programmable electronic safety-related systems. It sets out the requirements for ensuring that systems are designed, implemented, operated, and maintained to provide the required safety integrity level against a defined unwanted hazardous event. IEC 61511 specifically covers the requirement for process industries.
The international standards for Functional Safety, such as IEC 61508, IEC 62061, and IEC 61511, do not define certification as a mandatory requirement. However, a demonstration of compliance is necessary, and certification is increasingly being seen as a more beneficial way of showing compliance through an independent assessment by a third party.
Hari Vamadevan, DNV GL Regional Manager UK & West Africa, Oil & Gas, said: “As the first recipients of this new certification, Rockwell Automation Ltd. understands that good practice in this field can help optimize test regimes, increase plant availability and reduce maintenance workload, and we look forward to certifying more companies in the future.”