Rail and public transport

SQS is your certification partner for the future of railways and public transport systems.

The range of services includes current norms and standards in the transport- and railway sector, such as ECM, IRIS, ISO/TS 22163, railway welding, as well as industry sector-related auditing of Management System standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 50001.

In doing so, we act throughout Switzerland and also internationally: our areas of work are based on the requirements of the safety authorities and industry associations in Switzerland and abroad, as well as on national and international railway guidelines.

The benefits, the availability and the safety of a transportation means for the carriage of persons or goods depend not only on the quality of the development and manufacturing but also on proper operation and preventive maintenance.

Quality standards for manufacturers and suppliers of rail vehicles

The International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) and ISO/TS 22163 are used to improve quality across the entire supply chain in the railway segment. It leads to the assurance of competitiveness in the rail vehicle industry and offers improved reliability of quality data on railway components. We publish IRIS certificates in the supplier database of the Union of European Railway Industries (UNIFE) under www.iris-rail.org.

The standard EN 15085 for the welding of rail vehicles and parts is based on the requirements of the welding standard ISO 3834 and regulates the requirements for welding in the manufacturing and maintenance of rolling stock.

Quality standards for maintenance management systems for transport vehicles

In liberalised markets, the operation of rolling stock is regulated by legal and regulatory requirements. The ECM Regulation 2019/779/EU applies to the bodies responsible for the maintenance of rolling stock. The certification to ECM for vehicles is a legal obligation.

Overview of the offer

Main standards

  • Certification of quality management systems

  • Certification of environmental management systems

  • Certification of occupational health and safety
    (The BS OHSAS 18001:2007 looses its validity per September 11, 2021 and will be replaced by the ISO 45001.)

  • Certification of occupational health and safety

  • Asset Management
    (For any further information concerning the product please contact the product responsible, Mr. Silvio Genovese.)

  • Railway applications – Quality Management System – Business Management System requirements for rail organisations: ISO 9001:2015 and particular requirements for application in the rail sector

Additional standards

  • Certification system for entities in charge of the maintenance of vehicles (ECM) according to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/779

  • Certification system for entities in charge of the maintenance of freight wagons (ECM) according to EU Regulation 445/2011
    (Certificates in accordance with Regulation (EU) 445/2011 are valid until the end of their period of validity, respectively until June 16, 2023 at the latest. The remaining maintenance audits are carried out in compliance with Regulation (EU) 445/2011. Initial certifications and recertifications will be conducted, without exception, pursuant to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/779.)

  • Quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials

  • Quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials

  • Quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials

  • Certification of welding companies
    (Apart from ISO 3834-5:2005, certifications according part 3 standard- or part 4 elementary quality requirements are possible.)


  • A model for assessing the circular maturity of organisations

Hans Jahn
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