Interoperability of railway system

Interoperability of rail transport and related infrastructure is one One of the fastest growing economic systems in the EU regarding in the field of harmonization of the requirements for products is interoperability of rail transport and related infrastructure.

Some of the advantages of rail transport:

  • reduction of environmental pollution: (emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), noise emissions,  etc); greater efficiency in terms of per tonne of cargo carried, ...);
  • rail transport is more efficient than road transport , in particular especially over long distances and in large quantities of freight rail transport is more efficient than road transport;
  • rail transport is one of the safest modes of transport;
  • the industry, which that supports the rail transport, is one of the most progressive industries in the EU and globally.

To ensure maximum ease of integration of European countries at the level of rail transport and to ensure high safety standards, the EU has adopted Directive 2008/57/EU on the interoperability of rail transport in the Community. The Directive and related technical specifications for individual subsystems and adjoining harmonized standards form the basis that enables manufacturers of railway equipment and infrastructure to design and manufacture products in accordance with the requirements that are uniform throughout the Community. The conformity of products that are designed and manufactured in such a way may be then verified by It is possible to verify conformity of designed and manufactured products, as stated above, using notified bodies, which issue conformity documents that are valid throughout the Community.

SIQ is a Notified Body (NB 1304) within under directive 2008/57/EU for the following interoperability subsystems:

  • energy,
  • trackside control-command and signalling,
  • on-board control-command and signalling,
  • rolling stock.

At our work, we are usinguse the provisions of the directive, certain technical specifications for interoperability and related harmonized standards. In addition to the technical specifications of for interoperability for each subsystem, we also take into account technical specifications associated with:

  • noise,
  • requirements relating to ‘persons with reduced mobility’,
  • requirements relating to ‘safety in railway tunnels’.

Conformity assessment procedures are carried out in accordance with the conformity assessment modules set out in each technical specification. In cases when certain procedures cannot be carried out on our own, we cooperate with recognized European Notified Bodies with which we have concluded cooperation agreements.

The documents issued by SIQ as a Notified Body are recognized in all Member States of the Community and form the basis for the preparation of the EC declaration of conformity and suitability for use of interoperability constituents by manufacturers.

Table of request, issued and refused documents