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ISO/TS 22163:2017 – Quality in the rail sector

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As a rail organization, you have three core concerns: qualifying your project and series management, maintaining stable company processes, and constantly improving your products and services. Whether you are a railway operator, manufacturer of railway vehicles or supplier of the railway industry, you’ll find the new  international ISO/TS 22163:2017 standard to be a valuable support in decisive subject areas: qualification of your company for project and series management for railway vehicle manufacturing, effectiveness and efficiency of your company processes, and continuous development of product and service characteristics.

The Standard

The shift of IRIS requirements to an ISO/TS standard mainly aims at guaranteeing an even better quality management, increased process efficiency and an excellent product quality.

InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin was the platform chosen by UNIFE (Association of the European Rail Industry) to “go public” with the long awaited Transition Plan for the railway industry’s own standard to become a full-fledged ISO standard in its own right. The development that was started in 2006 now includes close to 2 200 production sites in 52 countries.

UNIFE and DQS believe that this evolution will bring more confidence, as well as a higher acceptance in the sector, trust within the supply chain and overall global recognition.

High Level Structure

ISO/TS 22163, ISO’s Technical Specification for rail organizations, contains the requirements set out in ISO 9001:2015, including the high-level structure used in all ISO management system standards since 2013, but also incorporates needs and requirements that are unique to the rail industry.

  1. Scope
  2. Normative reference
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Context of the organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance evaluation
  10. Improvement
Your benefits
  • Internationally recognized quality mark
  • Visible sign of compliance with the requirements of interested parties
  • Continual improvement of processes and outputs
  • Constant enhancement of product and service quality
  • Significant reduction in liability risks
  • Listing in the UNIFE database as a competent supplier
Audit and Certification

As soon as your processes have been identified, recorded and implemented, and the effectiveness of your quality management system has been reviewed in internal audits and the results analyzed in a management review, you are ready for certification. We customize our planning to you, and we coordinate with you based on your individual circumstances, corporate objectives and success factors. Then your organization will undergo the classic DQS certification process: we will assign auditors with excellent knowledge of the standards, as well as many years of experience in the respective business sector. The result status is entered in the UNIFE database, where it can be accessed by industry developers, engineers and purchasers.

DQS, with more than 25 years expertise, supports their clients in:

  • webinars
  • Seminars and training
  • Gap audits

To receive individual information about ISO/TS 22163:2017, please contact our office.

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