SCSC - Group: Safer Complex Systems

Safer Complex Systems Working Group (SCSWG)

The SCSC Safer Complex Systems WG builds on the IET/RAE work already done in this area.

Mission Statement

DRAFT: To produce practical guidance on [how the risks of] safety-related complex systems should be managed throughout their lifecycle so as to achieve and [assure]justify their safety

Statement of the Problem

  • It is acknowledged that complex systems are becoming more prevalent with more opportunities to cause harm 
  • Complex systems are not sufficiently addressed in current safety management practices and standards
  • In particular, complex interactions and emergent behaviours are not currently assessed and managed sufficiently
  • There could be benefit in developing new analysis, tools and techniques to manage complex system risks
  • There are clear business and societal benefits, in terms of reduced harm, reduced liabilities and improved business efficiencies, in improved management of complex systems risk

WG Operation

We already have quite a few existing members, some draft documents and lots of interest. We will build on this.

The first meeting will be held by Zoom on 26th April 2023. This will feature a presentation by Simon Burton. Please let know if you want to attend.

Past Meetings

Kick-Off Meeting 29th March 2023 - Slides

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