Standard: IEC 61160


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This International Standard makes recommendations for the implementation of design review as a means of verifying that the design input requirements have been met and stimulating the improvement of the product’s design. The intention is for it to be applied during the design and development phase of a product’s life cycle.

It provides guidelines for planning and conducting a design review and specific details concerning contributions by specialists in reliability, maintenance, maintenance support and availability.

The process for design and development is outlined in Figure 1 and requirements for management of the design and development process overall are given in ISO 9001:2000. The stages at which the design review or reviews are to be held should be determined during the development of the plan for the design.

The objectives of a design review include:

• assessing whether the proposed solution meets the design input requirements that include, but are not limited to: specified general performance requirements, dependability, lifecycle costs, safety, endurance, environment, electromagnetic compatibility, human factors;

• assessing whether the proposed solution is the most robust, efficient and effective solution to achieve the product requirements;

• providing recommendations as required for achieving the design input requirements;

• assessing the status of the design in terms of the completeness of the drawings and specifications;

• assessing the evidence to support the verification of the design performance;

• proposing improvements.

Design review facilitates assessment of the status of the design against the input requirements, identification of opportunities for improvement and guides the design manager towards appropriate action. It accelerates maturing of the product by reducing the time needed to stabilize design details, and allows product realization to proceed without frequent interruptions. Design review can also stimulate early product improvement.


Organization: International Electrotechnical Commission
Document Number: iec 61160
Publish Date: 2005-09-01
Page Count: 78
Available Languages: EN,FR
DOD Adopted: NO
ANSI Approved: NO
Most Recent Revision: YES
Current Version: YES
Status: Active

Document History

Document # Change Type Update Date Revision Status
IEC 61160 Change Type: A1 Revision: 1.0 Status: INAC
IEC 61160 Change Type: A1 Update Date: 1994-10-01 Revision: 1.0 Status: INAC
IEC 61160 Change Type: Update Date: 1992-08-01 Revision: 1.0 Status: INAC

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