In rail transport, the safety of people and the environment has the highest priority. This is reflected in the national and international approval processes. Before a rail vehicle such as the ICE 4 can start regular operation, it is put through its paces by testing laboratories. The results of this vetting, with further documentation from the manufacturers, are reviewed by inspection and certification bodies to determine whether they fulfil the requirements set out in national and international regulations. Rail vehicles are approved for operation by the national regulators only when all requirements have been met.
Accreditations and conformity assessment bodies
The testing laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies for products involved, operating in both the voluntary and legally regulated area, have their competence for their activities confirmed by DAkkS through accreditations in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020 and DIN EN ISO/IEC 17065.
Benefits of accreditation
Accreditation forms the basis for the designation of bodies by national regulators and for cooperation with notified bodies or regulatory authorities worldwide. The foundations for this are laid in the division where, among other things, rules are drawn up to ensure that the requirements of national and international regulations (such as EU regulations) are incorporated by the bodies involved in assessments.