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Testing and life-critical applications

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on February 11, 2009

From ZDNet

How critical does software testing become when building for really important “life-critical” (I’m not sure whether I made that up or heard it somewhere) applications?

I’ve been mailed a few times this last week about a company called Klocwork that has recently been involved with testing embedded software in medical devices like defibrillators. Not the kind of unit you can wait around for a reboot on really – right?

The USA has a body called the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) that has issued guidance for proper validation of medical device software in the form of the General Principles of Software Validation. The FDA’s guidance covers all aspects of software development – everything from requirements and design reviews to software maintenance and retirement.

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