A best practice procedure for introducing virtual commissioning (VCOM) in companies in the industrial automation sector is provided. VCOM aims at revealing and rectifying faults originating from automation system engineering. An unambiguous and systematic definition of the sequence of a project of VCOM for industrial automation is presented, aiming at establishing VICO in industrial automation. The specifications, recommendations and questions can be applied across domains. The standard is addressed to those persons directly or indirectly involved in VCOM: commissioning engineers, persons deciding on the use of VCOM, technical sales engineers, production and system planners, automation technicians, software developers, electrical engineers.