Quality Brought On Track
The liberalization of national railway networks is gathering momentum, and along with it comes increased competitive pressure. This poses major challenges, and not only for the operators of railway networks. Rail vehicle manufacturers and suppliers need to meet the rising requirements that an increasingly global design and production environment places upon the quality of rolling stock.
International Railway Industry Standard
Business sector solution based on ISO 9001
IRIS is based on the internationally recognized quality management standard ISO 9001, supplemented by the specific requirements of the rolling stock industry. Companies focused on development and/or maintenance, as well as manufacturers in this business sector can achieve an IRIS certification. With this certification, they can then be registered in the UNIFE database, which is accessed by the purchasing agents at all major rail vehicle manufacturers www.iris-rail.org.
Almost a quarter of the companies certified to IRIS worldwide are customers of DQS. By the same token, more than one-fifth of all UNIFE authorized auditors work for DQS – making us one of the top certification bodies in the railway vehicle industry. The high level of competence we have in the assessment of integrated management systems is a major advantage for customers, as a request for IRIS certification is often part of an assessment package that may include ISO 14001 and/or TS 16949.
- Concrete rail-specific requirements lead to process and quality improvements
- Synergies created from integrated ISO 9001 and IRIS assessments
- Internationally recognized certificate
- Guaranteed competitiveness in the rail vehicle industry
- Registered as an IRIS certified organization in the UNIFE database, which is accessed by the purchasing agents at all major rail vehicle manufacturers
Benefits of ISO/TS 22163
- Initial Information
- Offer and Contract
- Stage 1 audit
- Stage 2 audit
- System Evaluation
- Surveillance audits
The process starts with the client’s needs and expectations. DQS wants to learn about the client’s organization, its management system, size and types of operation. Together both parties will define objectives for the assessment and/or certification, including applicable standards and specifications.
Offer and Contract
DQS will provide a detailed offer for assessment and certification services, tailored to individual client needs, based on the information provided initially. A written contract will specify all relevant deliverables as well as applicable assessment and certification criteria.
A pre-audit can serve as initial performance or gap analysis, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. For larger assessment and certification projects a project planning meeting provides a valuable opportunity for the client to meet the lead assessor and develop a customized assessment plan for all functions and locations involved. Both services are optional.
Stage 1 audit
The assessment procedure itself begins with review and evaluation of system documentation, goals, results of management review and internal audits. During this process, it will be determined whether the client’s management system is sufficiently developed and ready for certification. The assessor will explain findings and coordinate any required activities to prepare for the on-site system assessment.
Stage 2 audit
The assigned auditor team will audit the client’s management system at the place of production or service delivery. Applying defined management system standards and specifications, the assessment team will evaluate the effectiveness of all functional areas as well as all management system processes, based upon observations, inspections, interviews, review of pertinent records, and other assessment techniques. The audit result, including all findings will be presented to the client during the closing meeting. Required action plans will be agreed upon as necessary.
The independent certification function of DQS will evaluate the audit process and its results, and decide independently about issuance of the certificate. The client receives an audit report, documenting the audit results. When all applicable requirements are fulfilled the client also receives the certificate.
Either semi-annually or at least once per year, there will be an on-site audit of the critical components of the management system. Improvement potential will be identified, with a focus on continual improvement and sustained effectiveness.
A management system certificate is valid for a limited period of time, frequently for a maximum of three years. At the end of this cycle, a re-audit will be carried out to ensure the ongoing fulfillment of all applicable requirements. Subject to this fulfillment, a new certificate will be issued.
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