exida, an accredited global Certification Body, has discovered a counterfeit certificate falsely claiming that a product meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable per IEC 61508.
The exida “open certification” scheme goes beyond other programs, including the maintenance of an online certification database, which allows for rapid detection of counterfeit certificates. Safety practitioners are advised to consult this Safety Automation Element List (www.sael-online.com), the world’s most comprehensive list of functional safety and cybersecurity certifications to verify the validity of any certification. This directory includes safety certified elements assessed by accredited Certification Bodies such as exida, TÜV Rheinland, TÜV Süd, and TÜV Nord.
Authentic certification helps process manufacturers design and implement safety instrumented systems that comply with the IEC 61511/ISA 84 functional safety standards, as required by law in some areas of the world.
Additionally, authentic certification indicates that the product hardware and software design, the safety manual, as well as the processes used for development, testing, and quality control, comply with the requirements of the IEC 61508 international standard. Therefore it is essential to verify the validity of any safety certificate.