Traffic and transport Information about this sector

Role of accreditation in this sector

Whether by rail or road, by air or water – accreditation helps to make the worldwide mobility of people and goods safer.

For example, accredited bodies inspect the roadworthiness of rail or motor vehicles in various segments. In some cases, accreditation is a prerequisite for the regulatory approval of inspection bodies, as for example for the general inspection of motor vehicles.

In the aerospace industry, accredited certification bodies for management systems offer their services to guarantee the quality of maintenance work or product supply chains. The airworthiness of air sports equipment is also assessed by testing bodies that have demonstrated their competence in an accreditation case. On the water, the product certification of recreational craft or marine equipment, for example rescue and fire protection equipment, ensures improved safety.

Accredited services in the transport sector therefore make a significant contribution to reducing the risk of accidents, making mobility more environmentally friendly and supporting international trade by ensuring that goods are transported as smoothly as possible.

Our departments in the traffic and transport sector

Rail Transport

Testing laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies for products, 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.

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Head of Department
Dr. rer. nat. Christian Lehmann

Air Transportation and Shipping

The “Air transportation” subject field deals in particular with the accreditation of bodies that test or inspect the airworthiness of air sports equipment with a vehicle weight of up to 120 kilograms (such as paragliders or hang-gliders). Accreditations in this area are granted as an inspection body in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020 or as a testing laboratory in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025.

The “Shipping” subject field deals with bodies that certify marine equipment (such as rescue equipment, fire protection equipment etc.) and recreational craft or generally carry out tests in the area of maritime technology (such as strength of maritime structures, hydrostatic behaviour of hulls etc.). Accreditations are granted as a testing laboratory in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 and as a certification body for products, processes and services in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17065.

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Head of Department
Dipl.-Ing. Gabriel Zrenner

Automotive Engineering / Road Traffic

The Automotive Engineering / Road Traffic department is divided into three subject fields: “Periodic vehicle monitoring”, “Testing of vehicles and their parts” and “Toll collection and systems”.

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Head of Department
Martin Kirbach

Mineral Oil / Operating Fluids Automotive

The Mineral Oil / Operating Fluids Automotive department is responsible for the accreditation of laboratories dealing with chemical and physico-chemical analysis of mineral oils and related products.

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Head of Department
Dr.-Ing. Ernst Ulrich

Pre-Shipment Inspection

The Pre-Shipment Inspection department bundles the complex and interdisciplinary requirements for pre-shipment inspection as an inspection body.

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Head of Department
Dr.-Ing. Ernst Ulrich

Management Systems / Aerospace

The Management Systems / Aerospace department is responsible for the accreditation of certification bodies for management systems in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17021-1 for various management system standards.

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Head of Department
M.A. Wolfgang Breidenstein

Application examples of accredited services in this field of activity

  • Inspection of the roadworthiness of vehicles, for example as part of the general inspection
  • Testing within the framework of type approval in accordance with Framework Directive 2007/46/EC or in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of systems, components and separate technical units of vehicles, engine and pollutant emissions, passive safety and the testing or inspection of wheels and tyres
  • Testing or inspection of the airworthiness of air sports equipment with a vehicle weight of up to 120 kilograms (such as paragliders or hang-gliders)
  • Testing or inspection of marine equipment (e.g. rescue equipment, fire protection equipment) and recreational craft
  • Testing or certification in the area of maritime engineering (such as strength of maritime structures, hydrostatic behaviour of hulls) Testing of fuels including petrochemicals, as well as crude oil, bitumen, lubricants including engine tests using CEC methods (Coordinating European Council)
  • Certification of the DIN EN 91XX series of aviation standards
  • Verification of emissions from maritime transport, including verification of monitoring plans and emission reports

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