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Railway Equipment Inspections and Audits

Helping you achieve compliance with European and international regulations for a passport to your key markets

BUSINESS CHALLENGE

Manufacturers of railway equipment and signaling systems, as well as owners of wagons, must achieve compliance with European regulations, called TSI Wagon, which became effective on January 28, 2007. They are required to obtain a compliance assessment from a recognized body if they wish to sell or operate their equipment in the European Union.

SOLUTION

What are Railway Equipment inspections and audits?

In the main countries where railway equipment manufacturers and/or wagon owners are located, Bureau Veritas provides conformity assessment services of sub-assemblies such as interoperability components between railway networks, as well as entire wagons, to the 2001/16/EC European directive. We also assess the conformity of processes for the development of railway signaling and command control systems - and of their components - to international standards series EN 50 12x. These inspections cover several stages, from design to manufacturing (shop inspections) and when appropriate to the equipment's on-site implementation and commissioning.

What are the key benefits?
- Access for railway equipment manufacturers and/or wagon owners to the whole European market, and potentially to some international markets.
- Better reliability and efficiency of the manufacturing and assembly processes.
- Optimization of equipment development and manufacturing costs (through a support to specifications’ rationalization and implementation follow-up).
- Effective equipment interoperability between the various European railway networks.

WHY CHOOSE BUREAU VERITAS?

Know-how A high level of technical expertise in railway equipment technology (including mechanical, electrical and electronic components, as well as software), recognized by EU notification and made available to clients across a dense network covering all key European countries. Industry-specific knowledge A complete understanding of standards and regulations, and of how to optimize corresponding verification processes. Industry leadership Active participation in various technical commissions, at country or European Union levels, enabling Bureau Veritas to anticipate regulatory changes.

FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is the process to sell and operate equipment on the European market which is already in operation in other parts of the world?

    Applicable European directives should first be identified, and then a conformity assessment diagnosis needs to be carried out against these directives. After implementation of the resulting action plan, Bureau Veritas will issue a compliance certificate.

  • What is the connection with regulatory missions which apply in each country?

    These compliance certificates are taken into account in the additional verifications which are imposed in each country. For instance, in France, an independent body called Mission Expert Organisme Qualité performs a safety review of the projects, and asks for the relevant compliance certificate(s).

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