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Software-verification for measuring instruments in legal metrology


In legal metrology, quality assurance and protection against manipulation of software-controlled instruments is becoming increasingly important in view of the introduction of a modular conformity assessment procedure for industrial products (Council Directive 90/683/EEC) and the increasing use of such measuring instruments. However, no commonly accepted quality assurance system nor approval procedures for software used in measurement instruments exist.

The objectives of the project are therefore twofold:

Firstly, an easy to use economic method will be developed which determines to what extent the software under test is protected against fraudulent use; this will include the development of an appropriate software analysis tool which can be used by non-specialists.

Secondly, the implications of the requirements of the above mentioned Council Directive on the quality assurance in the field of legal metrology will be investigated aiming at:

- the definition of the level of quality assurance to be met by software products and development in the various areas of legal metrology
- the development of guidelines for the realisation of quality assurance during software development in practise
- the development of guidelines for the assessment by accreditation bodies of quality assurance systems for software development.


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