Green light for simplified approval of rolling stock within the scope of EU harmonisation. TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH is one of the first companies in Germany to have been recognised as a Designated Body with Interim Function ('Interim DeBo') by the Federal Railway Authority. In this capacity, TÜV SÜD Rail now supports manufacturers by offering certification of sub-systems and rail vehicles in accordance with Commission Recommendation 2011/217/EU.
How can leaner approval processes for rail vehicles be introduced? How to make it easier for manufacturers to plan and take over responsibility? Industry, Germany's Federal Railway Authority, Germany's Ministry of Transport and test organisations have found a constructive solution to these questions. "TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH has contributed intensively to this debate, and we are pleased to announce that we are now one of the first Interim DeBos to offer this type of services to our clients", says Klaus Bosch, CEO of the TÜV SÜD Rail Division.
The interaction between the German Federal Railway Authority, Germany's Ministry of Transport and the Interim DeBos follows the European Commission's recommendations on authorisation for the placing in service of structural sub-systems and vehicles (2011/217/EU). Before the above recommendations are transposed into national law, Germany's Federal Railway Authority is delegating the testing activities to the Interim DeBos on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
"This makes the approval of rail vehicles significantly easier for manufacturers. At TÜV SÜD Rail, we have aligned our processes strictly in accordance with the requirements of the MoU", says Bosch. Clients benefit from lean test processes in accordance with Directive 2008/57/EC (interoperability of the rail system within the community). As a third-party full-service provider for international rail projects, TÜV SÜD Rail also offers combinations of various testing and certification procedures.