The certification of rail vehicles and railway facilities is a process of conformity assessment of products and services used in the rail sector in Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union.
The purpose of the procedure is to ensure compliance with the requirements of the technical regulations concerning the safety of passengers and freight.
For certification in the railway sector in Russia, the independent notified bodies accredited by the Federal Institute for Railways (Roszheldor) are responsible. The notified bodies, using laboratory tests and expert opinions, verify that the products comply with the required safety standards.
On the basis of this review, railway and rail traffic supervisors may issue a declaration of conformity or a certificate.
As of August 2, 2014, three new technical regulations of the EUEA came into force:
- On Safety of Railway Rolling Stock TR CU 001/2011
- On Safety of High-Speed Railway Transport TR CU 002/2011
- On Safety of Railway Transport Infrastructure TR CU 003/2011
With the introduction of the new technical regulations, a unified system of technical regulation - EAC certification and EAC declarartion - was introduced in the EUEA for rail vehicles and railway facilities.
Already issued national certificates lose their legal validity at the latest on 01.08.2016.
Area of application
The new technical regulation set requirements for rail vehicles and railway infrastructure in order to protect life, health, the environment, property and cargo. This includes:
- Radiation protection
- Biological safety
- Explosion protection
- Mechanical safety
- Fire protection
- Thermal safety
- Chemical safety
- Electrical safety
- Electromagnetic compatibility
- Uniformity of measurements
These items include each of the 3 technical regulations a list of products which are subject to confirmation of conformity in the form of certification or in the form of a declaration of conformity.
The use of products in the area of rail transport without appropriate certification or declaration is not possible for the needs of the Russian Railways, the Belarusian Railways or the Kazakh Railway.
Depending on the product characteristics, the applied technical regulation or the certification scheme: for the serial production, single-production or single-supply, different documents are necessary. As a rule, the following documents are required:
- Product documentation: drawings, technical data sheet, etc.
- Operating instructions
- Test reports from an accredited testing laboratory
- Protocols of the manufacturing process audit
Conformity proof procedure
A proof of conformity with technical regulations is compulsory in the field of rail transport. This can take the form of a declaration of conformity or a certificate.
The notified bodies are responsible for checking the conformity of products with the technical regulations of the EUEA.
The notified bodies carry out the necessary tests and analyzes of the product documentation. The test and analysis protocols are then forwarded to the notified body. Based on these protocols, the certification authority decides whether a certificate is granted or denied.
This decision shall be taken no later than 15 working days after receipt of the test reports.
Declaration of conformity
In the case of a declaration of conformity, the manufacturer shall submit his own evidence of compliance with the technical requirements, including the technical documentation and test records of a notified body.
Manufacturing Process Audit
In the case of certification or declaration of conformity with the technical regulations, a manufacturing process audit is also necessary, if there is an increased risk from the products.
The manufacturing audit is carried out in the form of regular and unscheduled inspections with the aim of controlling the production conditions.
After the analysis of the necessary documentation and the results of the audit, the notified body shall either declare or reject a certificate or declaration.
The conformity certificate is then entered in the uniform register of the EUEA.
The proof of conformity is valid from the date of entry into the uniform register for a maximum of 5 years.
The certificates of conformity for rail vehicles and railway systems may only be applied for by a company established in the territory of the customs territory, and an authorized representative within the EUEA is therefore required. If you need an authorized representative, we will be pleased to offer you a suitable company.
EAC mark in the field of rail transport
The rail vehicles which components and railway systems are to be clearly marked with warnings, which must be repeated in the operating instructions.
The EAC Mark is to be attached to the product as well as to the enclosed operating instructions and to ensure easy readability throughout the life of the product.
In addition to the EAC mark, the operating instructions must include the registration number of the conformity certificate, the date of issue and the period of validity.
The product itself should be marked with the following information:
- EAC mark
- Name of the manufacturer
- Product name
- Date of manufacture
Railway products without corresponding marks are not permitted for use within the EUEA.
Terms and costs for certification
The terms and the costs associated with a certificate application, depend on several different factors, such as the classification of product, any required laboratory checks and complexity of all examinations. As such the exact conditions of the certification are always determined individually based on the required documentation.
Please note that an application for EAC certification of Rail Vehicles and Rail Infrastucture can take few weeks to process.
Please find detailed information about our prices for certifications here.
Delivery of the documentation
If you order a EAC Certificate of Rail Vehicles and Rail Infrastucture, you will receive a copy of it via email immediately upon our successful certification process. Alongside the original document and two certified copies of it by post, within a few days’ time of this.
Our highest priority, is not only to deliver an individually tailored service to every client, but also in offering an impeccable level of transparency to the high standard of our qualified service.
- Swift processing of inquiries and assignments
- Postal delivery of certificates free of charge
- Low costs due to our exceptional operating efficiency
- Established cooperation with a notified body
- Data confidentiality
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