Compliance testing is verification that something complies with laws and regulations.
ScopeCompliance testing can be applied to infrastructure, facilities, vehicles, systems, services, processes, documents, machines, devices and products. It typically occurs in the context of a project, certification of a partner or audit of operations.
TestsCompliance tests can include functional tests that confirm that something works to specifications. It is also common for compliance testing to include non-functional tests that verify quality factors such as reliability.
DefinitionFunctional and non-functional testing designed to verify that infrastructure, facilities, products, services, processes, systems or documents conform to laws and regulations.
ExampleAn autonomous car undergoes regular compliance testing while in development. Test cases are designed to ensure that the vehicle complies with the laws of the road in all scenarios that can occur. The test cases themselves are considered valuable intellectual property as they are non-obvious.
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