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In March 2017, TÜV SÜD ATISAE (TSA) began a new contract with AESF for the performance of annual audits and inspections of all centres certified as per FOM 233/2006 and certified Entities Entrusted with Maintenance (EEM) as per Regulation 445/2011, as well as other workshops authorized by ADIF to be selected by the AESF. The purpose of these inspections is the maintenance of the corresponding certifications of said Maintenance Centres as per the national (FOM 233/2006) and European regulations (Regulation 445/2011).
The AESF follows the Directorate General of Railways in its responsibilities and duties, which include the aforementioned FOM 233/2006, determining the procedure for certification of rolling stock centres and their operating conditions. This Ministerial Order establishes that the AESF will perform annual inspections of the rolling stock maintenance centres to check that they comply with the requirements stipulated in the order and maintain their certification. Similarly, these centres perform the maintenance that is the responsibility of the EEM. European Commission Regulation 445/2011 obliges the AESF to issue certificates to the freight wagon EEMs after evaluating their maintenance system. For this purpose, it is necessary to supervise the degree of compliance with the requirements of this regulation by all functions included in the maintenance system. For all these functions, the AESF works in conjunction with the TSA.