What is MISRA?

We provide world-leading best practice guidelines for the safe and secure application of both embedded control systems and standalone software.

MISRA is a collaboration between manufacturers, component suppliers and engineering consultancies which seeks to promote best practice in developing safety- and security-related electronic systems and other software-intensive applications. To this end MISRA publishes documents that provide accessible information for engineers and management, and holds events to permit the exchange of experiences between practitioners.

Who are we?

MISRA began as a collaboration between vehicle manufacturers, component suppliers and consultancies. Membership of working groups now consists of members from other industries in the safety-related embedded systems world in addition to automotive companies. Please consult the individual working group pages for full details.

A brief history of MISRA

MISRA started in the early 1990s as a project in the UK government’s “SafeIT “ programme. This programme funded projects across a broad range of industries concerned with safety-related electronic systems. The MISRA project was conceived to develop guidelines for the creation of embedded software in road vehicle electronic systems. In November 1994 Development guidelines for vehicle based software was published. This document was significant representing industry consensus and also as the first automotive industry interpretation of the principles of the emerging standard IEC 61508.

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