The railway industry is growing at a rapid pace globally. The complete rail ecosystem which comprises of manufacturing, operation and maintenance of railway technologies is expected to grow at a significant rate of 7% in the period of 2020 to 2025. This projection reinforces that the global rail transport market will continue to be a major force and a notable contributor in the economies of several developed and developing countries. With such advancements, it becomes vital for companies and organizations active in the railway sector to adapt to a standardize method to optimize their Quality Management System. This can be achieved through adopting the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) Certification.
So, what is IRIS Certification exactly? Let’s dive in!
IRIS is a certification aimed to set a gold standard for improving efficiency and quality in the railway sector worldwide. It includes rules, regulations and practices for companies to follow to optimize railway applications, business management systems and quality management systems.
Based on ISO 9001 and tailored to the specific requirements of the international railway industry, the IRIS certification standard (ISO/TS 22163) also takes into account a solid and recognized evaluation method along with Audit-Tool, IRIS Portal and IRIS Certification database.
Along with fulfilling the requirements noted in the ISO/TS 22163, the companies are also required to pass the IRIS Conformity Assessment, which defines the rules for achieving and maintaining the IRIS Certificate recognition in detail.
IRIS is Applicable to
IRIS is applicable to companies engaged in manufacturing, designing, or maintenance of railway components. The companies can be broadly classified as:
Key Implementation Requirements, in addition to ISO 9001:
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Quality Performance Levels
Quality performance levels are rewarded to all IRIS Certified companies in order to enhance the overall quality of the rail sector by focusing on the quality performance of rail businesses.
There are three quality performance levels:
Out of the three, Bronze and Silver are currently available for audited companies. In order to achieve a higher quality performance level, companies have to fulfil additional criteria to improve the performance of their businesses.
How 4C Can Help Your Organization Get IRIS Certification
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