Nuclear SPICE

Process Assessment Method for Nuclear Power Domain 

Nuclear SPICE is a powerful, reliable and flexible tool to evaluate the development processes when delivering systems in the nuclear power domain. The Nuclear SPICE method consists of a process assessment model and an assessment process. It is based on the latest ISO/IEC process assessment standards and process models, domain specific safety standards and regulatory requirements. The method has already been used in several process assessments of safety-critical systems development projects. Nuclear SPICE is applicable to systems and software engineering process. The method has been developed in Finland within a large safety research project SAFIR.

The Benefits

Nuclear SPICE provides a cost-efficient way to address the acquirer/supplier interface, to reduce risks in deliveries and to systematically collect evidence for safety qualification. Nuclear SPICE suits to multiple needs:

  • to find suppliers whose engineering processes are capable enough, so that the nuclear safety specific standards and other requirements for processes can be achieved
  • to reinforce trust between power utility and supplier
  • to increase supplier’s understanding of the documentation needs in the qualification process
  • to strengthen supplier’s processes when entering an extremely demanding market

Nuclear SPICE for safer systems development