| Abstract |

On the Use of Quality Models for COTS Evaluation
Software quality models have been widely used for assessing software quality during software systems development, but their use for facilitating COTS evaluation (as a basis for COTS selection) has been not so extensively reported. We think that this situation should change, because quality models present some interesting properties for driving COTS evaluation: they are highly structured; there exist some standards available; they can be tailored to specific domains; they provide a measurable basis for the evaluation of software quality; etc. In this paper, we provide a summary of the experiences of our group in the use of quality models for COTS selection, and we highlight some open issues that we are currently dealing with.