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In the meantime, most parts of this standard have been replaced by the ISO 330xx series, and we have a choice from various Process Assessment Models.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.

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 and

Automotive SPICE® Veröffentlichungen – VDA QMC (vda-qmc.de)

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)



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.

Version 2.0 of Organization SPICE has been released on 2023-07-28 and will be published soon.



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.



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

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.

Please note that the Japanese version 1.2. does not correspond to the current release status. The update will take place shortly - the master document is the English version 1.3.

Agile SPICE PAM v1.2 released_JP.pdf
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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


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