Ricardo Certification has received the Designated Body (DeBo) recognition from the Belgian government. This means that Ricardo Certification now can perform independent assurance and testing services for all subsystems, such as rolling stock and rail infrastructure, within Belgian national regulations.
Ricardo Certification is already active as a Notified Body (NoBo) in Belgium helping clients to achieve the necessary sub-systems authorisations within EU regulations. Current clients include Infrabel, SNCB and TUC Rail.
"We already undertake a wide range of specialist testing and certification activities for many major manufacturers in Europe,” says Michiel Vernooij, Business Unit Manager for Ricardo’s Testing and Certification services. “It is great that we can now also add Belgium as a country for the assessment of rail vehicles against national regulations. In Europe we already are appointed as a Designated Body (DeBo) and can perform conformity assessments against national rules in The Netherlands, Denmark, Spain and the United Kingdom, and are currently working on extending this service to other countries."
Jos van Gisbergen, Lead Assessor, points out that there are several interesting developments taking place across the Belgian rail sector, particularly the installation of ETCS across both infrastructure and rolling stock.
However, recent changes to national regulations will also affect fleet owners and leasing companies looking to secure approval for new vehicles to operate Belgium, and this is a key area where Ricardo’s teams can provide expert support "The most important development in the Belgian rail market lies in the regulations. The implementation of the Fourth Railway Package* in October 2020 is an important change for the European rail system. Belgium has now implemented this and applied it in national regulations. "
* The implementation of the Fourth Railway Package in October 2020 is an important change for the European rail system. In the past, train operators, manufacturers or anyone who planned to operate in or sell to clients in more than one Member State, had to apply for vehicle authorisations and safety certificates separately in every Member State concerned. From 31 October 2020 onwards, only one application must be filed through ERA’s One-Stop Shop IT tool (OSS).
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Ricardo Certification comprises a set of companies within the Ricardo group that perform independent assurance and testing services, including Notified Body, Designated Body and Independent Safety Assessments. For more information see Ricardo Certification.