SOURCE: Programming Research

Programming Research

June 27, 2011 10:00 ET

PRQA QA-C and QA-C++ Tools Prepared for Launch of Ratified Version of ISO 26262

MISRA Founding Member Demonstrates Ongoing Commitment to Automotive Industry Through Certification of Tools for ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 Compliance

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Jun 27, 2011) - PRQA | Programming Research, a global leader of static analysis tools, and TÜV SÜD Automotive, a global leader in technical certification services, today announced that QA-C and QA-C++ source code analyzer tools are undergoing certification by TÜV SÜD as "fit for purpose" for use in the development of safety related systems according to IEC 61508 Edition 2.0 and the ratified version of ISO 26262.

QA-C and QA-C++ are used globally to assist development engineers to produce high integrity code which adheres to accepted automotive industry code standards such as MISRA C and MISRA C++. They are widely adopted in the automotive industry and provide a reference solution for the IEC 61508 functional safety standard and the automotive specific standard, ISO 26262.

"ISO 26262 is close to ratification, and developers are already putting in place the methodologies needed for full compliance," said Paul Blundell, CEO of Programming Research. "Many are already using QA-C and QA-C++ in their tool chain, and the TÜV SÜD certification of QA-C and QA-C++ will give them even greater confidence in our tools and help them to achieve ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 compliance faster and more cost effectively."

The certification is based on an audit of the software development, quality engineering, and defect reporting processes used by PRQA in developing QA-C and QA-C++ and on their extensive prior use in the automotive industry.

Andreas Bärwald, Product Line Manager Electrical/Electronic Systems - Functional Safety and Technical Certifier at TÜV SÜD Automotive, comments, "We are assessing QA-C and QA-C++ against the ratified version of the ISO 26262 standard for use in safety-related developments. At the same time we are evaluating the quality and compliance of the software development processes at PRQA and compliance to the Functional Safety manual which can guide vehicle manufacturers and suppliers on how to stay conformant as they vary the reference solution to fit their own specific development processes."

"With the proliferation of software in the automotive and the general embedded software industries it is no longer acceptable that safety critical or business critical software systems be developed outside industry adopted standards," continued Blundell. "Certification of QA-C and QA-C++ as approved tools for ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 compliance makes them even more valuable to our customers."

The QA-C and QA-C++ products will be among the first products certified for the ratified version of ISO 26262.


Established in 1986, PRQA is recognised throughout the industry as "the coding standard expert." PRQA pioneered coding standard inspection and now delivers its expertise through industry-leading software inspection and standards enforcement technology, worldwide. PRQA has corporate offices in UK, USA, India, Ireland and The Netherlands, complemented by a worldwide distribution network.

PRQA's industry-leading tools, QA-C and QA-C++, offer the closest possible examination of C and C++ code. Both contain powerful, proprietary parsing engines which deliver high fidelity language analysis and comprehension. They identify problems caused by language usage that is dangerous, overly complex, non-portable, or difficult to maintain. Plus, they include the basic building blocks for coding standard enforcement.

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