Using safety cases in industry and healthcare

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This report presents the results of a study that reviewed the use of safety cases in six safety-critical industries, as well as the emerging use of safety cases in healthcare.

The core of a safety case is typically a risk-based argument and corresponding evidence to demonstrate that:

  • all risks associated with a particular system have been identified
  • appropriate risk controls have been put in place
  • there are appropriate processes in place to monitor the effectiveness of the risk controls and the safety performance of the system on an ongoing basis.

The purpose of a safety case is to provide a structured argument, supported by a body of evidence, that provides a compelling, comprehensible and valid case that a system is acceptably safe for a given application in a given context.

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