This part of the DIN EN 60300 series of standards describes a framework for dependability management. It provides guidance on dependability management of products, systems, processes or services involving hardware, software and human aspects or any integrated combinations of these elements. It presents guidance on planning and implementation of dependability activities and technical processes throughout the life cycle taking into account other requirements such as those relating to safety and the environment. This standard gives guidelines for management and their technical personnel to assist them to optimize dependability. The responsible committee is DKE/K 132 "Zuverlässigkeit" ("Reliability") of the DKE (German Commission for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies) at DIN and VDE.