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IRIS Certification

Demonstrating your value as a quality supplier in the international rail transport sector

Business Challenge

The liberalization of European rail transport poses a particular challenge for the railway industry. With increasing competition, especially in the European Union's goods market, railways need "ready to run" transportation systems that meet the many different requirements of individual countries as well as comply with the restrictive regulatory requirements. In parallel, railway operators expect the railway supply industry to remain competitive, and to provide proven solutions for cars, facilities and operating equipment that meet high quality standards.

Solution

What is IRIS certification? IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard) is an initiative led by the Union of the European Railway Industries (UNIFE) and largely instigated and supported by four of the largest system manufacturers (Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom and AnsaldoBreda). IRIS is based on the internationally recognized quality standard ISO 9001. It is a complementary extension to ISO 9001, specific to the railway industry, designed for the evaluation of management systems. The underlying aim of IRIS is to improve the quality and reliability of rolling stock produced, by improving the whole supply chain. It does this by requiring suppliers to comply with strict and common procedures.

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Expertise Bureau Veritas is a worldwide leader in certification with over 80,000 certified companies in 100 countries. Recognition Bureau Veritas is recognized by more than 35 national and international accreditation bodies across the world to deliver ISO 9001 certification. Bureau Veritas is the first global independent certification body to receive IRIS accreditation from UNIFE. Network We are present in 140 countries. This global presence means that our clients can benefit from the double advantage of international expertise combined with a genuine depth of local knowledge. Business understanding All our auditors are dedicated to specific sectors such as the railway industry, which allows them to better assess your processes. With more than 5,700 specially trained auditors we are fully equipped to deliver a certification service that is meaningful to your business.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which organizations support IRIS certification?

    IRIS is an initiative led by the Association of European Railway Industry (UNIFE). It is widely supported across Europe by system integrators and equipment manufacturers such as Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom and AnsaldoBreda.

  • What are the differences between IRIS and ISO 9001?

    IRIS is based on the ISO 9001 structure and adds railway specific requirements to the business management system, for example in relation to project management and design.

  • Will this certificate replace individual evaluations?

    Yes, this certificate will replace individual evaluation by at least the four founders of this initiative (Alstom Transport, AnsaldoBreda, Siemens Transportation and Bombardier Transportation).

  • For what kind of companies is IRIS most relevant?

    IRIS can be applied to all direct and indirect ancillary industries (such as manufacturers of system construction parts and individual components), operators as well as manufacturers of rail-mounted vehicles.

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