Ricardo Certification

Ricardo Certification

Accredited certification services

Ricardo Certification is part of the Ricardo group and performs independent accredited assurance and testing in rail and other sectors. 

From our network of offices around the globe, we deliver assurance services in line with national rules and approvals processes, giving our clients the independent scrutiny they require to bring their systems into service or to sell their products into global and local markets.

For clients in the rail sector, we offer independent assurance and certification services, including:

  • Notified Body, Designated and Assessment Body services, principally for railways and products/systems to be used across Europe.
  • Independent Safety Assessment and Railway Product Certification services, for the safety approval of global products, systems and railways.
They have been flexible in terms of reviewing the documents at short notice and to challenging timescales. Network Rail Infrastructure Limited, 2018
They have been flexible in terms of reviewing the documents at short notice and to challenging timescales.

A collaborative approach to certification

Our approach is based on a belief that assessments should not be ‘box-ticking’ exercises. Nor a burden on your teams.

Experience has shown that the early involvement of a proactive team of assessors adds value to projects and offers an important source of insight for Project Managers. By maintaining open and constructive dialogue throughout the process, we can help remove unnecessary paperwork and reduce the risks of delays and cost overruns.

Pioneering assessment technology

The Ricardo Compliance Tool (RCT) is central to our vision of creating a collaborative relationship with our clients.

Developed for the rail industry, and unique to Ricardo Certification, the RCT provides a secure, cloud-based environment to share checklists, evidence, compliance arguments, reports and conclusions, enabling your team and our assessors to perform assurance activities, exchange feedback and access 24/7 status updates during every stage of the project.

For more information about RCT click here.

Our independence


Ricardo Certification operates as a separate and entirely independent business within the Ricardo group. Each assignment we undertake is accepted in full recognition of the need for impartiality and confidentiality, both of which are necessary to ensure the client, and its key stakeholders, have full confidence in the assessment performed.

Strict internal controls require that we review, identify and control any potential conflicts that may arise at a personal, project or company level, which may bias an assessment. All certification decisions are made by designated project decision makers, known as Signatories, who are independent of the project work performed and ensure that the assessment work performed in accordance with Ricardo Certification’s accredited processes, and that the assessment is impartial.


Information for clients

Our accreditations

Compliance Tool

Contact Certification

To view Ricardo’s independent assurance policy in full visit ricardo.com/policies.

Professional yet adaptable in the ever-changing production environment Eurostar International Ltd
Professional yet adaptable in the ever-changing production environment

Our people

Ricardo Certification is led by:

  • Richard Gibney – Ricardo Certification Director (RCD), responsible for the business.
  • Mark Dodsworth – Certification Manager, helping the RCD in the management of the business, management of our accreditations and Ricardo Certifications procedures.
  • Stephen Clarke – Lead Ricardo Certification Signatory, responsible for technical quality of Ricardo Certification’s work.

In addition, we have local business managers and signatories in our teams located around the world, who have knowledge of local markets and regular contacts with relevant authorities and regulatory bodies.

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.

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Contact our assurance teams

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