IEC 61508

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IEC 61508 Consultancy & Training

The team at Lorit Consultancy has been dedicated to the topic of Functional Safety for years and is therefore also an experienced partner in the application of the IEC 61508 series of standards for Functional Safety of safety-related electrical/electronic/programmable electronic systems.

Whether you need consultancy, support or training – we support your team with our expertise in safe product design.


About IEC 61508

The international series of standards provides general procedures for all activities of the safety life cycle for systems. The aim is to develop systems consisting of electrical and/or electronic and/or programmable electronic (E/E/PE) elements in such a way that there are no disproportionate or unacceptable hazards to the user and the environment.

IEC 61508 is a basic standard and is used as the basis for application-specific standards in a wide range of industries.


Reference IEC 61508 to ISO 26262

ISO 26262 has evolved from the IEC 61508 series of standards and defines the main procedures for electrical/electronic systems in the automotive industry.

While the IEC 61508 series of standards consists of 7 parts and is used in various industries, ISO 26262 comprises 12 parts and is used exclusively for road vehicles.

What is central to both standards, however, is the focus on safety analyses and the required work products. The safety analyses focus on Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Failure Mode and Effects Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA) and Fault Tree Analysis (FTA).


Our services

Consultancy & Support:

  • Hazard and risk analyses
  • Beta factors
  • SIL Definition
  • Fault Tree Analyses (FTA)
  • Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
  • Embedded software reviews, e.g. architecture, tool selection and metrics compliance
  • Hardware reviews including metrics such as Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostic Coverage (FMEDA)
  • System Architecture
  • Writing of all relevant work products, reviews and reports


We offer (online) training courses that can be customised to meet your requirements in terms of date, format and content.

In our IEC 61508 course, we highlight all aspects of Functional Safety of this generic standard and look at the similarities with the ISO 13849 and IEC 62061 standards that are directly derived from it.

The focus of the course is on the entire life cycle of a product, starting with the determination of the need, development and verification of the safety functions, through to production, maintenance and decommissioning.


You will thus learn the basics for the application of the IEC 61508 standard with practical examples and group exercises and benefit from our industry knowledge and experience.


IEC 61508 Trainer

Gerrit Steinöcker

Functional Safety Consultant

IEC 61508 – Current dates

CourseIEC 61508
Date13. Feb. / 2 Days
TrainerGerrit Steinöcker
Costs€1,400 / £1,300


Companies around the world rely on our extensive knowledge in safety-relevant industries when developing their products.

In summary; very useful, the recommendations/observations are recognisable and the report will help steer future 62304 compliance efforts.
In addition, the report also satisfied our external stakeholders.

Phil Cooley – Quality Manager, Bond Digital Health Ltd


Thank you, for a terrific course!
The trainer was extremely knowledgeable about the material, and made the content very easily digestible, even the more challenging bits.  I am very satisfied.

Rhyse Jaeschke – Manager, System Verification & Validation Ultrasound R&D, Philips Healthtech


With Lorit Consultancy we have found an extremely reliable partner who sees the big picture. Through their Functional Safety Engineering (ISO 26262) competence, we enjoy support at the highest level within our automotive product development. Remarkable is the smooth integration into our internal development team and the always professional & uncomplicated communication. We look forward to many more joint projects!

Harald Sporer – Senior Project Manager, Automotive Sense & Control, Infineon

“It was really a very helpful and excellent training!”

Marco Augustin – Quality and Software Manager, Occyo


”Lorit Consultancy´s support was instrumental in helping us achieve compliance in IEC-62304/ 82304 and ISO 14971 for our software-as-a-medical-device product.”
Ju Zhang – Founder, CEO Formus Labs


“Plexus has used the services of Lorit Consultancy in relation to a new healthcare project where insights into ISO 14971 and IEC 60601-1 international standards was needed.  We have been very impressed with the quality of knowledge within Lorit and the quality of documentation and deliverable, and we look forward to continuing to partner with Lorit in the future.”
John Simpson – Senior Manager, Engineering  Plexus

“Lorit Consultancy gave us excellent support in defining the requirements and implementing the BS EN 62304 document structure for our first product.”
Selly Saini – CEO  Inside Biometrics

“Lorit Consultancy provided a professional and efficient service in defining regulatory requirements for both new developments and legacy products.”
Alastair Mutch – VP Research and Development, Diagnostics Cardiology Spacelabs Healthcare

“Lorit Consultancy gave us great support when guiding us through the process of hardware metric generation as defined in ISO 26262.  Providing both the FMEDAs and training on the use of them.”
Geoff Owen Protean

“Very well executed, very helpful. Thank you for your time and expertise.”
Senior Electronics Engineer


“Essential for my job. Reduced my fear of 60601.”
Senior Mechanical Engineer

“It’s great to have the opportunity to receive this training from somebody who is obviously an expert in the topic and understands the practical implementation.”
Senior Design Assurance Engineer

“Excellent course and very pragmatic approach on implementing compliance.”
Senior Software Engineer

“The instructor was extremely engaging and clearly had excellent knowledge of the material.”
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