In October 2016, the Association of the European Rail Industry, UNIFE, announced the decision of Technical Committee 269 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to replace the global standard for quality management systems in the rail industry –IRIS Rev. 02 – by ISO/TS 22163. Consequently, organisations certified according to IRIS Rev. 02 will have to undergo transition audits to update their certificates to ISO/TS 22163.
ISO/TS 22163 will be based on the structure and requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard, which it will adopt in full, but comprises additional requirements for the rail industry.
Deadlines and schedule
Publication of the ISO/TS 22163 and the associated certification rules is scheduled for May 2017. Following the publication of the new standard, organisations are required to implement the changes in their quality management system.
Certification auditors seeking to carry out Audits according to ISO/TS 22163 are required to attend, and successfully complete, training supervised by UNIFE. On this background, July/August 2017 is a realistic timeline for the first transition audits. As IRIS Rev.02 certificates will expire after 14 September 2018, and all non-conformities need to be closed for all audits before a new ISO/TS 22163 certificate can be issued, the last transition audits should be completed by July 2018.