Product Testing and Certification

Interoperability of Rail System

Interoperability of rail transport and related infrastructure is one of the fastest growing economic systems in the EU in the field of harmonisation of the requirements for products. Some of the advantages of rail transport:

  • Reduction of environmental pollution (carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, noise, higher efficiency in terms of per ton of cargo transported, etc.);
  • Rail transport is more efficient than road transport, especially for longer distances and larger quantities of cargo;
  • Rail transport is considered one of the safest modes of transport;
  • The industry supporting rail transport is one of the most progressive in the EU and in the world.
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Directive 2008/57/EC

To ensure the best possible integration of European countries at the level of rail transport and to ensure high safety standards, the EU has adopted Directive 2008/57/EC on rail interoperability in the Community in this field. The Directive and the associated technical guidelines for the individual subsystems and the corresponding harmonised standards form the basis for allowing manufacturers of railway equipment and infrastructure to design and manufacture their products in accordance with the requirements that are uniform throughout the Community. The conformity of the products thus designed and manufactured can be assessed by notified bodies whose documents are valid throughout the Community.

SIQ is a notified body (NB 1304) for the 2008/57/EC Directive.

Conformity Assessment

We carry out conformity assessment procedures in accordance with the conformity assessment modules set out in each technical specification. In cases where we cannot carry out certain procedures on our own, we cooperate with recognised European Notified Bodies with which we have cooperation agreements.

Documents issued by SIQ as a Notified Body are recognised in all Member States of the Community and form the basis for the manufacturers to prepare the EC Declaration of Conformity and Suitability for Use of interoperability components.

Information on the EC verification requests received, the interim declaration of verification, the verification certificates issued, and the certificates of conformity refused can be found in this document.