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The Functional Safety Technical & Professional Network (TPN) is a community that supports activities that improve the development and assurance of safe systems.


The IET Functional Safety Technical and Professional Network has been set up to support activities that improve the development and assurance of safe systems, and to draw together professionals working in functional and systems safety.
The Ethics of Acceptable Safety
25th November 2016, IET London:  Savoy Place

Join us at this exciting and informative free event to find out more and get involved in  the discussions and networking.  Online registration is open and you will be awarded 7 CPD points for attending.

Presented jointly by speakers from the High Integrity Systems Engineering Group at the University of York and the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre at the University of Leeds.  This tutorial addresses the dilemmas and duties of engineers when dealing with ethical concerns surrounding safety risk management decisions. The aim of the day is to provide attendees with the knowledge and guidance to identify the ethical questions posed in everyday situations faced in safety critical systems development, assessment and operation.


For the first time this year, ESAS 2016 was hosted by MOD, DE&S in partnership with Atkins, IET and IIRSM.  

Also in 2016, the IET and IIRSM introduced a new aspect to ESAS 2016 through the Safety and Environmental Management Awards. Awards were presented from the IET for ‘Innovation in Safety’ to an individual or team.  There were two awards, one for MOD and one for Industry.

We hope to build on the success of these awards for 2018.

These prestigious awards were awarded to:
MOD - Osprey CSL and MOD A400M PT Win IET Innovation in Safety Award

Industry - Frazer-Nash Consultancy Win IET ‘Innovation In Safety’ Award At ESAS16
Functional Safety Technical and Professional Network Annual Open Meeting

Wednesday 12th October, IET London:  Savoy Place, Time TBC

As part of the System Safety and Cyber Security Conference 2016, the Functional Safety TPN will be holding their Annual Open Meeting on Wednesday 12th October at 17.00 - 17.30 (TBC).  The Annual Open Meeting is a chance to meet other members of the IET's Functional Safety TPN and help steer the direction of the community over the coming year. 

An agenda will be published shortly, so please keep an eye out for this.

The 2015 Functional Safety Community Annual Open Meeting was held on Wed 21 Oct 2015, Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel -  Slides from the last AOM are now available in our Files area.
Key IET Conference for 2016 in the Safety field

System Safety and Cyber Security, 11 - 13 October 2016


SSCS is the largest conference for system safety specialists held in the UK; and the only conference where both safety and security engineers from around the world can meet and share ideas, new research and network.

This is your chance to contribute to the programme and submit an abstract in one of the many technical areas below across a host of disciplines.

Find out more from the Functional Safety TPN  Chair and the Conference Chair, Carl Sandom.
Maximising the Value of Your ISA Tue 24 Nov 2015, London

Independent Safety Assessors (ISAs) need to achieve an appropriate level of assurance to provide sufficient evidence that products, systems or services are acceptably safe, balanced against the competitive pressures of delivering to limited budgets. A key factor is the degree of rigour and depth of the ISA's assessment.  

This seminar is a joint event organised by the ISA Working Group and the SCSC.  It will looks at how ISAs and their customers can help deliver value across a range of industry sectors including Nuclear, Rail and Defence. It specifically considers assurance level required in different scenarios and the contribution clients can make to ensure that the ISA operates efficiently.

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The ISA Working Group, a collaborative group working under the IET, IMechE, BCS and SaRS, has produced new guidance on planning the assessment of a safety case or similar safety assessment document. The new material supports the groups previous guidance on procurement of  Independent Safety Assurance  services, and is intended to be used by anyone ... read more...
Posted by James Inge on IET Safety community Aug 24, 2016 10:07 AM BST

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