An International Standard that applies the principles of ISO 9001 to software development has been revised.
ISO/IEC/IEEE 90003, Software engineering – Guidelines for the application of ISO 9001:2015 to computer software, is designed as a checklist for the development, supply, and maintenance of computer software.
The standard was revised to align with ISO 9001:2015 and include new concepts relevant to current software development.
The updated version combines the benefits of ISO 9001 with some of the world’s most important support documents in software engineering—allowing an organization to benefit from international best practice in improving quality at each step of the life cycle. This includes everything from the supply, acquisition, operation and maintenance, to the circular process of continuous improvement.
ISO/IEC/IEEE 90003 was developed in conjunction with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Dr Sundeep Oberoi, Chair of the joint ISO and IEC subcommittee that developed the standard, said ISO/IEC/IEEE 90003 provides a much-needed interpretation of ISO 9001 in a language appropriate to software development.
“As it has been written by software experts from many different countries, it adds great value to the wealth of knowledge already accumulated in the software world,” Oberoi said.
“It also provides links to other software engineering standards that may be of use to software developers, such as software life-cycle processes, information security, and testing.”