It describes data-collection principles and associated terms and definitions that constitute a "reliability language" that can be useful for communicating operational experience. The failure modes defined in the normative part of this International Standard can be used as a "reliability thesaurus" for various quantitative as well as qualitative applications.
This International Standard also describes data quality control and assurance practices to provide guidance for the user.
Standardization of data-collection practices facilitates the exchange of information between parties, e.g. plants, owners, manufacturers and contractors. This International Standard establishes requirements that any inhouse or commercially available RM data system is required to meet when designed for RM data exchange.
Examples, guidelines and principles for the exchange and merging of such RM data are addressed.