Independent assurance

Independent assurance

How we can help you

Like many safety-critical sectors, railways have influential stakeholders — governments, regulators, financial institutions and passengers — who expect a degree of third party assurance on issues related to safety and quality.

Whether we are assessing new signalling products against international standards such as EN 50126, or the construction of entire rail systems, we offer a portfolio of independent assurance services that includes:

  • Accredited Notified Body, Designated Body and Assessment Body services.
  • Independent Safety Assessment and Railway Product Certification services, for the safety approval of global products, systems and entire railways.
  • Test and measurement services for the rail sector, including vehicles, components and signalling products.

Our services

Plant Assessment Body and Assessment Party

Plant Assessment Body and Assessment Party

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Independent Verification and Validation

Independent Verification and Validation

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ProjDelFactoid
Very satisfied.... a good sparring partner for interpretation of grey areas in the rail regulations. Nederlandse Spoorwegen, 2019
Very satisfied.... a good sparring partner for interpretation of grey areas in the rail regulations.

Accredited assurance services

                 

Through Ricardo Certification, which operates as a separate and independent business within the Ricardo group, we provide rail clients with an extensive range of accredited certification and approvals services.

Our certification teams are globally recognised not only for their trusted expertise but also for a detailed understanding of railways around the world. This reputation has led to their appointments to some of the industry's most challenging and high-profile projects.

International portfolio

In Europe our team is performing the Notified Body role on the central section of London’s Elizabeth Line and providing assurance services for Denmark’s migration of its national network to ERTMS operation and control.

In Asia, Ricardo Certification has supported the introduction of new signalling products to the market, including the first signalling technologies to be developed by domestic suppliers.

Our team also has extensive experience of providing safety assessment services in the Middle East region, with previous projects including Dubai Metro, Etihad Rail, Riyadh Metro and Qatar's programme of integrated urban and national systems. Our remit has typically extended from initial design through to trial operations.

With many of our accreditations classed as multi-site, each service can be performed from offices around the world.

About Certification

Our accreditations

Information for clients

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The audit team provided a high level of technical skills and a high quality audit. Beijing Traffic Control Technology Co. Ltd. (TCT), 2017
The audit team provided a high level of technical skills and a high quality audit.
A collaborative approach to Certification

A collaborative approach to Certification

Developed for the rail industry, the Ricardo Compliance Tool provides a secure, shared environment where your team and our assessors can perform assurance activities and exchange feedback at every step of your project lifecycle. Read more

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