What is the ICS?
The Implementation Conformance Statement (ICS) is a summary of a given layer’s specification features/capabilities and their support conditionals represented in a table-based format. The ICS is a good way to get a high-level picture of what a specification includes and what a Design needs to support. All published ICS documents can be downloaded from the Qualification Test Requirements page.
The Member is required to complete an ICS to indicate the capabilities they support in each of their Design’s supported layers. The completion of the ICS is done using Launch Studio. Members must complete the ICS in accordance with the defined status conditionals and have 0 Invalids reported in their Consistency Check. (Invalids are reported when there is any inconsistency between the status requirements and a Member’s selections.)
How to Complete the ICS Selection in Launch Studio
There are two main tasks regarding the Implementation Conformance Statement (ICS) Selection: the first is selecting the capabilities of the product. The second task is running a Consistency Check to ensure that all of the capabilities’ groupings and dependencies are valid. When completed, this ICS Selection phase will have produced a detailed declaration of the product.
Verify that the functionality of the product is enabled and confirm that the appropriate capabilities are selected.
The list of capabilities currently displayed by default is a summary of the Core Specifications; this is indicated on the left in the Layers List.
Once all capabilities are selected, ensure that all of the capabilities’ groupings and dependencies are valid by running a Consistency Check.
What is the Consistency Check?
The Consistency Check verifies and reports whether or not the ICS selections are compliant according to the status conditionals. Any invalids that are reported must be resolved to accurately generate the Test Plan and successfully complete Qualification. Invalids may be disputed if the Member believes the ICS document or Launch Studio is incorrect. This is done by submitting a Test Specification Erratum (TSE).
If there are invalid Dependencies or Groupings, click on the blue text. The page goes directly to the affected area.
The Consistency Check can become complex. There is no Undo button; to create a save point, use the Save All Changes button at the bottom of the screen. Try other changes and then revert back to that saved point by closing the browser window and re-opening the project.
Note regarding the Consistency Check: Please do not "fix" the selected items to remove inconsistency checks or test cases and submit them. This may result in an invalid Qualification. Your ICS selections should accurately match what your product supports even if consistency check errors or incorrect test cases generate. You can submit the qualification with consistency check errors and note any relevant TSE(s) on the test plan and in the Notes section under the Review and Submit tab.
Then, you can submit your project with the consistency check error(s). Your qualification will then be manually reviewed by SIG staff for approval.
To continue, at the bottom of the screen, select either the Save and Continue to the Testing button, or at the top of the screen, the Testing tab.
For more articles on Qualification topics, please see the Qualification Table of Contents.