ISO publishes ISO/TS 22163:2017, the new quality management system standard for organisations operating in the rail industry

LRQA welcomes today’s publication of ISO/TS 22163:2017, the new quality management system standard for organisations operating in the rail sector. It will replace IRIS, the previous International Railway Industry Standard which was supported by the Association of the European Rail Supply Industry (UNIFE).  The new standard is based on, and complements, international quality management system standard, ISO 9001:2015. As a result, it includes a number of related revisions including the adoption of Annex SL - the ISO common text and high level structure found in all new and revised ISO standards. ISO 22163:2017 will also introduce improved rail specific requirements – including change management and configuration management – which have been based on stakeholder feedback and recent state of the art developments in the sector.

Following the publication of ISO 9001:2015, it was a natural evolution for IRIS to move to an ISO standard; in October 2016, the presiding board of UNIFE announced that IRIS Rev.02 would be replaced by the new ISO/TS 22163. Organisations currently certified to IRIS Rev.02 will be required to successfully transition by 14th September 2018. The transition visit, which can be completed at a planned surveillance or recertification visit, will include a readiness review and a certification audit.

LRQA Technical Manager QMS North Europe, Frans Dolmans commented “The publication of ISO/TS 22163:2017 is significant and undoubtedly a positive step towards ensuring that organisations operating in the rail sector have a modern and transparent quality management system. This is an important and welcome development for LRQA and our many clients around the world, who will benefit from a number of rail-specific revisions designed to encourage continuous improvement.”

With all the major ISO standards being revised, LRQA is at the forefront of communicating the changes. We offer a range of assessment services as well as public and in-house training courses, all aimed at helping to ensure that organisations worldwide have a smooth transition to the new standards.

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