SPICE Center

Presents SPICE Assessment Models and Reference Models

What is SPICE?

Originally SPICE was a project funded by the European Union. The main goal of this project was to develop a counterpart to CMMI, especially focused on Small and Medium Enterprises.

SPICE is an abbreviation and stands for "Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination". Even if software development was the main driver of the initiative at that time, the "S" in SPICE is nowadays used for the entire system development.

The project was very successful and finally, ISO issued the standard series ISO 15504-x to support the future development of specific standards for all kinds of domains.

In the meantime, most parts of this standard have been replaced by the ISO 330xx series, and we have a choice from various Process Assessment Models. The focus of SPICE has widened to all Software-based Systems and to Operation and Maintenance processes.

International SPICE Communities and Networks

One of our main goals is to make intacs® visible all over the world. We have certified assessors in many countries, so we need an efficient way to keep them up to date with all the innovations and changes and to get feedback so we can continuously improve our scheme.
Therefore, the Internationalization Working Group establishes contacts with companies, industry representatives and community members in all countries to promote the intacs® program.
In addition, regional representatives are appointed to act as local contacts and communicate directly with the local intacs® assessors.

Japanese / Nippon SPICE Network

North American SPICE Network

SPICE Overview

Automotive SPICE

Automotive SPICE® is a domain-specific adaption of the International Standard ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE). The purpose of Automotive SPICE® is the assessment of process capability. It is mainly used to evaluate the development processes of automotive suppliers of control units.

If you need access to original definition standards, you may follow this link to Automotivespice.com

Automotive SPICE® is a registered trademark of the VDA-QMC.

Hardware Engineering SPICE was created to support hardware development. Its main goals were:

Creation of a process reference and assessment model for hardware development, which is

  1. compliant with ISO/330xx and ISO/IEC 15504-2
  2. aligned with Automotive SPICE® 3.1
  3. aligned with the VDA Automotive SPICE Guidelines
  4. aligned with ISO 26262-1:2018 2Ed and ISO 26262-5:2018 2Ed

Change requests for Automotive SPICE®, e.g.

  1. SYS.3 does not mention “Producibility”
  2. SYS processes do not address a production interface
  3. Thermal/environmental and EMC testing  Note for SYS.4/SYS.5  (testing)


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The purpose of this model is the creation of a process model for mechanic development which is aligned with Automotive SPICE® 3.1 and other established standards in the industry.

A significant part of the systems developed nowadays is mechatronic systems. These consist of mechanical,  electronics, and software systems and/or components. To support company internal process improvement within companies it is useful to provide processes for mechanical, electronics, software, and system development with the same base and structure. This also supports assessors in conducting SPICE assessments.

Your copy here: Mechanical SPICE 1.8 and Mechanical SPICE 1.7 with Japanese Translation.

Mechanical SPICE 1.7 Japanese
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Mechanical SPICE V1.8
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17/12/2021 09:22:05

SPICE for IT-Services

The purpose of this model is to provide a SPICE based Process Assessment Model
for the Domain “IT Service Management”.

To promote & establish the application of this model in the strongly growing area of “connected car services”.

  • For this purpose, we want to enhance the model with domain specific reference processes and performance indicators for area of “connected car services”.

Your copy here: SPICE for IT Services

SPICE for IT-Services
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23/09/2022 09:55:56

Test SPICE V4 has been released and is a strong tool if you need to focus your Assessment to the testing area. Main benefits are:

  1. Complete Coverage of ISO/IEC 29119
  2. New process architecture allows scalability of assessments
  3. Includes agile projects with separate extension.

Following this link, you can access the TestSPICE PAM

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Agile SPICE™ shows a set of experiences collected in agile projects and being assessed following the Automotive SPICE® PAM.

Intacs has worked out guidance and bridges on how to understand the Automotive SPICE® definitions into the agile field.

Agile SPICE PAM v1.3 released.pdf
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14/04/2023 13:58:36

Data Management is the set of all methodological, conceptual, organizational, technical measures and procedures for handling the resource "data“, with the aim of introducing them into business processes with their maximum potential for use

Data Management SPICE defines the fundamental business processes of data management capabilities. It is intended as a “state of the art” reference for process improvement. It defines a process assessment model (PAM) for the maturity of all types of data, data management, and for organizations processing data.

DATA Management Booklet
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27/07/2022 15:07:54


Goal of the intacs® Working Group Organization SPICE is to define a procedure for maturity level assessments including procedure for trustworthy assessments with any kind of certificate.


  • A ISO330xx compliant PRM/PAM for maturity level assessments is released. It includes four additional processes PIM.1, RIN.2, QNT.1, QNT.2 which are based on the withdrawn ISO15504-7TR
  • Very positive feedback collected on VDA-SYS Conference 2022

Next steps:

  • To release a “Maturity Level Assessment Process” including a trustworthy procedure and a “certificate of compliance”
  • Establish publication of trustworthy assessment results
  • To release needed checklists, templates, training materials, etc.
  • Train the trainers and train some “Inspectors”) currently in discussions

Organization SPICE PRM/PAM
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SPICE Model News

  • intacs® SPICE for Mechanical Engineering V1.8 released 2021-12-17

    We present the new version of intacs® SPICE for Mechanical Engineering. Please let us know your feedback.

    Mechanical SPICE V1.8
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  • Japanese Translation of intacs SPICE for Mechanical Engineering V1.7 released 2021-04-29

    We present intacs SPICE for Mechanical Engineering - now with a Japanese translation. The Japanese translation of ME SPICE shows the worldwide interest in this guideline. SPICE for Mechanical Engineering Release 1.7-Japanese Please let us know your...

  • intacs SPICE for Mechanical Engineering V1.7 released 2020-12-07

    We present the new version of intacs SPICE for Mechanical Engineering. Please let us know your feedback. New intacs SPICE for Mechanical Engineering Release 1.7 and: with...

  • Agile SPICE - Guideline to support agile projects 2019-11-27

    As an intacs working group we are currently trying to answer the growing demand of agile teams on how to implement AutomotiveSPICE(r) in an agile environment. We started to bridge MAN.3 by creating practices for Agile Work Management. Get a sneak preview on the base practices and participate in the workgroup!

  • HW PRM/PAM (Hardware SPICE) 2019-10-07

    Dear all, The intacs working group "HW Engineering Process" is happy to announce the 1st release of the PRM/PAM. Please pay particular attention to the Scope definition. We are happy to receive your comments and feedback. Change Requests shall be reported to us using the intacs Ticket System. Please add the prefix "HWE PRM/PAM" to the subject of your ticket. Please also note that, in order for a...

  • TestSPICE 4.0 Released 2019-01-03

    Nach langer Arbeit ist - ein Jahr später als geplant- Die Version 4.0 von TestSPICE endlich freigegeben. Wesentliche Neuerungen: Komplette Abdeckung von ISO/IEC 29119 Vollständige Skalierbarkeit von Assessments durch neue Prozessarchitektur Komplettierung der Agile Extention Here you can download the complate PAM: TestSPICE V4.0 Was kommt als nächstes: Ein neues Zertifizierungsschema für...

  • White Paper on Process Maturity Models (SPICE, CMMI) vs. Agile published! 2014-08-05

    Dear community members,   the white paper, as announced on intacs.info and in the latest intacs newsletter, has been finished. White Paper Spice and Agile We would be happy if this contributes to answering frequently asked questions and to clarifying myths with respect to Process Maturity Models (such as SPICE and CMMI) vs Agile. We also hope that it will trigger fruitful discussions and further...

  • TestSPICE 3.0 - Testprozessmodell für agile Projekte 2014-06-30

    Die neue Version TestSPICE 3.0 ist in der Pilotphase. Bereits heute werden die Features der weiterentwickelren Version von TestSPICE intensiv diskutiert wie der folgende Artikel aus Entwickler.de zeigt. Link zum Artikel: TestSPICE 3.0 die erste Wahl für agile...

  • Trustworthy Assessment : Validation of Assessment Result by intacs(TM) 2010-03-08

    “State of the Art Standards” are invaluable in enhancing industry performance to new minimum thresholds. These standards guard quality, performance, and in many cases assist in assuring product reliability. Maintaining the effectiveness of a good standard requires commitment and unbiased reliable verification. intacs™, besides its commitment towards maintaining high standard of assessors’ knowledge...

  • TestSPICE verified by intacs 2010-12-01

    Test SPICE verified by intacs Based on the need to analyse and improve test processe TestSPICE was evolved based on the experience of several companies and experienced testers. To bundle the efforts and experiences a Special Interest Group: The TestSPICE SIG was founded in July. This group is open for all interested parties and anyone is welcome to join the group and help developing the...