IRIS Certification for the Rail Industry (ISO/TS 22163:2017)
The demand to maintain a safe, reliable, and high-performing
railway infrastructure and the increasing pressure to improve customer service
on the rail network means that having confidence in the supply chain is
critical. To minimize the risk and impact of supplying poor quality critical
products to the rail infrastructure and to deliver safe, efficient, and
reliable products there is a need for Quality management system certification. Rail organizations have three core concerns: qualifying
the project and series management, maintaining stable company processes, and
constantly improving products and services.
Organizations focused on quality inevitably deliver more effective
and reliable products and services, through instilling a culture that aims to
meet the expectations of its customers. For the rail sector, the knock-on
effect is enormous, with the potential to improve not only the reliability and
safety of rail services but driving a platform for greater innovation as well.
The global standard for quality management systems in the rail industry is IRIS Certification.
It is based on the ISO 9001 quality management standard, with the addition of
rail-specific requirements. It was released in May 2017. It aims to help system integrators and equipment
manufacturers in the rail sector make quality improvements through common best
practices. ISO/TS 22163 defines quality management system requirements
for the rail sector that can be applied throughout the supply
chain—including design and development, manufacturing, and maintenance. ISO/TS 22163:2017
standard is considered to be valuable support in decisive subject areas for
railway operators, manufacturers of railway vehicles, and also for the
suppliers of the railway industry. The decisive subject areas include
qualification of the company for project and series management for railway
vehicle manufacturing, effectiveness and efficiency of company processes, and
continuous development of product and service characteristics. It
also aims at guaranteeing even better quality management, increased process
efficiency, and excellent product quality. ISO/TS
22163 is ISO’s Technical Specification for rail organizations, contains the
requirements set out in ISO 9001:2015, including the high-level structure used
in all ISO management system standards since 2013, but also incorporates needs
and requirements that are unique to the rail industry.
Benefits of ISO/TS
It is an Internationally recognized quality mark. It is a visible
sign of compliance with the requirements of interested parties. There is continual
improvement of processes and outputs. This certification constantly enhances
the product and service quality. It Significantly reduces liability risks.
Helps to get listed in the UNIFE database as a competent supplier. It increases
customer satisfaction. ISO 22163 addresses risks and opportunities. It can
constantly provide products and services that meet customer and applicable
statutory and regulatory requirements and demonstrate conformity to specified
qualified management system requirements. ISO 22163 helps the organization to
ensure meeting all the requirements which help to establish effective QMS which
consider effective QMS which consider specific requirements of the railway
An organization’s processes will become more effective,
faster, and more cost-efficient just by introducing the IRIS standard. Today,
the IRIS standard is a core element of procurement requirements for companies
and is supported by all the most important and largest systems of rail
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