Proceedings of the

The 33rd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2023)
3 – 8 September 2023, Southampton, UK

Emerging Technology Certification Risk Assessment with ETHICIST

Shamal Failya and Rob Ashmoreb

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Portsdown West, UK.


Risk stakeholders need help attending to certification challenges associated with emerging technologies on critical systems. Assessing emerging technology risk needs to account for its relationship with our technology and standards, and the processes and tools need to be accessible to different stakeholders. In this paper, we present ETHICIST: a systematic approach for assessing and managing emerging certification technology risk. Our approach uses multicriteria decision analysis and concept mapping to account for different attributes of certification risk. It also visualises the cascading impact on other technology, regulations, and systems. We illustrate this approach by considering the certification risk of additive manufactured wearable computing elements for a military air system.

Keywords: Certification risk, Multi-criteria decision analysis, Concept maps.

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