IRIS Certification for the Rail Industry (ISO/TS 22163:2017)
Quality is one of the main core strategies of a world-class organization and an integral element of its structure and culture. Depending upon the context, quality has different connotations and is understood as non-inferiority or superiority of something in business, engineering, and manufacturing. It is a perpetual, conditional, and subjective attribute. The high quality of railway products and systems is crucial to reduce failure and to improve the reliability of railway systems. Rail operators expect to have access to high-quality facilities and equipment for daily use; based on the ISO 9001 certification and enriched with criteria specific to the rail sector IRIS Certification allows meeting these requirements. IRIS Certification is a global System enabling the rail sector to benefit from a strong and recognized evaluation method.
IRIS Certified organizations will be registered in the list of IRIS Certification holders. This helps to approach the global market. An entry into the IRIS database allows the supplier to gain competitive advantage internationally and increase the quality standard of the company along the entire supplier chain. It increases customer satisfaction and allows liability risks to be reduced through better analyzed and managed processes.
In addition, it is helpful to improve the quality management system through the IRIS Certification audit process. IRIS certificates shall, even more, express that IRIS-certified company have a suitable QMS and deliver good rail products. This is the only way to ensure that IRIS certificates will get more weight in purchasing decisions. The idea behind: the better a QMS works and ensures good product quality, the lower the risk and so the expected additional expenses for the customer. In other words, the results of the delivered products and services such as product quality, punctuality, customer satisfaction must be evaluated quantitatively in the new assessment scheme as well.
Why IRIS Certification
There are a lot of challenges and competition in the Railway Industries. Every day new companies are growing up in markets and giving competition to the key players, That’s why IRIS Certification provides extra support and confidence to customers that you have a well-defined business quality management system that makes an organization stand in a better position. IRIS is modeled on similar quality standards already in place in the aerospace, and automotive industries and it aims at the avoidance of multiple business management system auditing and therefore increased cost efficiency. Objectivity and transparency are guaranteed by only using approved and independent certification bodies, known and recognized in the industry. For suppliers, IRIS certification is often the decisive step towards the supplier base of the major railway manufacturers.
The International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) certification has enabled the rail industry to develop and implement a global management system that is consistent in its language and terminology, assessment guidelines, and mutual acceptance of audits. This creates a high level of transparency throughout the rail supply chain.
Benefits of IRIS Certification
Quality will increase across the entire supply chain
Cost for manufacturers and suppliers will decrease
Opportunities to enhance customer satisfaction
Less Quality deficiency cost
Improve the quality of the product which led to improving the customer satisfaction level
Cemarkingindia is a consultancy service that offers specific consulting services that could be personalized and used in the way that is best for an organization to get IRIS Certification. The services offered by Cemarkingindia always focus on client’s growth & sustainability. We have a team of consultants having rich experience in the field of IRIS Certification for many railway organizations. It handles all the procedures required to get IRIS Certification. We can help your organization to develop a railway quality management system, through assessment against the IRIS certification standard and improve performance with our audit, certification, and training services.