DO-178/ED-12 Tool Qualification

Jointly published by Requirements and Technical Concepts for Aviation, Inc., (RTCA) and European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE), the standard DO-178/ED-12, ‘Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification’, is the primary document by which the aviation certification authorities such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, USA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approve all commercial software-based aerospace systems.

Compliance with the objectives of DO-178/ED-12 is the primary means of obtaining approval of software used in civil aviation products. The VectorCAST platform addresses the automation of the software verification process as defined by DO-178B/ED-12B and DO-178C/ED-12C.


Using VectorCAST for DO-178B/ED-12B and DO-178C/ED-12C Tool Qualifications

The VectorCAST Tool Qualification package for DO-178B and DO-178C contains tool qualification documentation, test cases, and procedures that let you qualify VectorCAST tools on projects based on the DO-178B/ED-12B or DO-178C/ED-12C standard. The package contains the Tool Operational Requirements (TOR) document and Tool Qualification Document (TQD) along with other documents required by DO-330. With the package, development organizations can streamline certification of their embedded systems developed using VectorCAST. 


Working with the Tool Qualification Package

To use the VectorCAST DO-178B/ED-12B Tool Qualification Package, follow these steps:

  1. Submit a request form with the necessary information to Vector
  2. Provide Vector with the VectorCAST configuration file for the Operational Environment for which the tool is being qualified
  3. Vector provides a customized Qualification Package for the specified Operational Environment
  4. Provide the Certification Authorities with a Tool Qualification Plan
  5. Document the Tool Operational Requirements (provided in the VectorCAST TOR)
  6. Verify that the tool satisfies the operational requirements:
  7. Execute the Qualification Test Cases with support from Vector
  8. Provide the Test Case Results to Vector
  9. Determine and document tool limitations
  10. Vector provides a candidate TOR and TQD containing the qualification results and limitations
  11. Review the TOR and TQD and provide feedback to Vector if any changes are required
  12. Vector provides finalized documents upon approval of review changes
  13. Provide Certification Authorities with the finalized TOR and TQD


DO-178B/ED-12B and DO-178C/ED-12C Tool Qualification Kit Contents

  • Developer Tool Operational Requirements (TOR)
  • Developer Tool Qualification Plan (TQP)
  • Developer Tool Configuration Index (TCI)
  • Developer Tool Accomplishment Summary (TAS)
  • VectorCAST Tool Qualification Document (TQD)
  • VectorCAST Conformity Review
  • Python-driven test suite