Report from 15th February 2021

  • A discussion was held on how best to run the ISA WG Standards subgroup (e.g. virtual meetings and/or part of main WG).
  • A review was conducted of ISA WG planned new documents (position papers, guidance documents, fact files etc.) including:
    • KPIs for ISA contracts
    • Degree of Rigour aspects of safety cases
    • ISA issues for agile development of safety-related systems and software
  • A review of the autumn 2020 series of six ISA WG Webinars was conducted – number, sectors and locations of participants, feedback, lessons learned, need for action by ISA WG (e.g. impact on current documents and workstreams)
    • Average for each event was: Registration 246, attendance 135
    • Audience mainly UK (78%), several from Asia (more than Europe)
  • Agreed to investigate future ISA WG events linked to the launch of expected new documents that ISA WG will publish, possibly for Q3 2021, and whether they can be co-sponsored with another professional body such as SaRS, IChemE etc.
  • Next meeting: May 2021.

Report from 5th October 2020

  • IET have started up a Working Group to consider further developments of the recent (2017) Code of Practice on Competence for Safety-related Systems Practitioners. Their current thinking is to take the first 48 pages as a generic Competency Framework. The discussion noted that this CoP is the updated “Blue Book” that is referenced from 61508 and so should not be modified without due consideration of how 61508 uses it.
  • ISA WG Standards Subcommittee drafted (in 2018) a list of Standards that mention the requirements and roles of “ISAs” in different industry sectors. This is to be reviewed, amended as necessary and issued.
  • Detailed planning for the series of autumn Webinars (each 1 hour long), in place of the seminar, was covered:
    • #1: Is Independence an Overrated Virtue ?
    • #2: Relationship between ISAs and Independent Environmental Auditors
    • #3: Safety & Agile Development – Procuring Critical S/W
    • #4: AI & Functional Safety
    • #5: How Much Assurance is Enough ?
  • Discussion also held on using video conferencing for a proportion of ISA working group meetings post lockdown to allow more people to attend and reduce the need for travelling.