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IRIS Certification™ for rail industry

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IRIS Certification™, rev. 03 from Lloyd's Register offers benefits to organisations across the global rail supply chain that need to demonstrate sector specific compliance.


UNIFE, the owners of the IRIS certification scheme, have now fully combined the new Quality Management System (QMS) Standard designed specifically for the rail industry, ISO 22163:2017, with their own IRIS Certification™ rules: 2017.

The International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) was developed in 2005 as a rail industry specific standard and is now on Revision 03 (rev. 03). It provides organisations with the confidence that they are meeting the robust criteria set out in ISO 9001:2015, the world’s leading QMS standard, while factoring in the rail industry specific elements contained in ISO/TS 22163 and the widely adopted IRIS Certification assessment methodology. Emphasis is placed on areas deemed to have the greatest impact on safety, reliability and regulatory compliance for rail products.

The transition timescale for IRIS certification (as well as ISO/TS 22163:2017) requires all organisations to have completed their transition to rev. 03 by September 14, 2018, as set by UNIFE and is aligned with the ISO 9001:2015 transition deadline.

This means that all new IRIS certificates must be to rev. 03 and all visits for existing IRIS rev. 02 clients must be against the new requirements.

What we offer

LR recognises that every organisation and its QMS are unique. The impact of the revision to the IRIS certification scheme will depend upon the complexity of your organisation and the maturity of your management system.

At LR, we take time to understand the needs and unique circumstances of our clients and their businesses, to act with judgement, sensitivity and care.

Our independence means that we’re committed to doing things the right way to reach the highest standards and best outcomes for all, giving our clients confidence in our decisions every time.

We specialise in management systems compliance including gap analysis, assessment and certification, all underpinned with expert advice designed to meet the needs of your industry. 

We explore every problem thoroughly with exact, analytical precision.  We leave no stone unturned and no questions unanswered, to draw accurate conclusions.

We provide practical client training courses worldwide in various languages, led by trained and qualified tutors. Many of our courses are endorsed by relevant professional bodies and based on our experience of assessing management systems. We offer both public and in-house training services including customised training solutions.

Customised assurance
The challenge of globalisation, changing customer requirements, legislation and technology means that worldwide, organisations are increasingly turning to customised assurance programmes, underpinned with client specific criteria, to help them meet their organisational goals.

Our range of customised solutions are focused on delivering client value by offering a variety of tools and techniques to identify the right solution for your business. Once we have assessed your needs, we can then identify the most appropriate methods to equip you with the relevant knowledge and implement the recommended improvement initiatives.

A wide range of assurance services
Don’t let your certification journey stop with IRIS; at LR, we deliver certification, validation and verification assessment services to all of the world’s leading standards and schemes including health and safety, environmental, sustainability, energy management, business continuity, cyber security and many more.  

What are the benefits?

IRIS certification benefits your organisation in a number of ways:

  • Licence to operate – Certification to IRIS and ISO/TS 22163 provides evidence that your products and services meet the demanding expectations and standards of the rail sector.
  • Easy integration – it shares common elements with ISO 9001:2015, so it’s easy to integrate with the standards you are currently using
  • Best practice – recognised globally, IRIS certification and ISO/TS 22163 gives you access to best practices from across the rail industry
  • Competitive edge – As well as increased efficiency and effectiveness, IRIS enables you to supply to the major rail manufacturers.

Why choose LR?

Lloyd's Register has been at the forefront of standards development and a market leader in certification and training for more than 30 years.

Proven track record
We have high-profile clients in rail and other related sectors, and were one of the first global certification bodies to be accredited to deliver IRIS certification.

Technical expertise
Our specialists are rail engineers, ex-service personnel and industry specialists who have been authenticated by the rail industry and registered through UNIFE and industry specialists who are matched with your business needs, enabling an effective and robust audit of your system.  We’re expert in not only understanding the potential in cutting-edge ideas, but applying this pragmatically in ways which guarantee impact today and in the long-term.

Your business helps LR to help others
The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity that supports engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: working together for a safer world.

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