Rail vehicle and rolling stock manufacturers and operators face the challenge of guaranteeing personal safety including fire protection and protecting the value of assets and the environment, while also complying with statutory requirements and product liability regulations. Both in Europe and worldwide, standards and regulations are harmonised, continuously updated and often made more rigorous. National and international laws, standards and directives form an important basis for assessment to ensure compliance with the defined protection objectives. Documentation and records must meet these requirements throughout the lifecycle process (with reference to the V-model according to EN 50126). Our fire protection testing services support you in addressing all these challenges to ensure safe rail operation.
The services of an independent testing organisation are vital to ensure safe rail Operation, especially when it comes to fire protection for railway systems. Those services provide manufacturers and operators various benefits:
Boost your credibility and reputation with providing safe products certified with a global test mark
Increase Efficiency by working together with an expert partner who also assists you in reducing disproportionate third-party measures
TÜV SÜD has long-standing experience and wide-ranging expertise in fire protection and the entire rail sector. We are recognised worldwide as a railway safety assessor. Many of our experts are also recognised by German and other European and international authorities as experts and assessors.
We apply a multidisciplinary, integrated testing approach that covers all aspects of rolling stock and vehicle engineering, safety technology for infrastructures and for railway operation in general. With our independent testing and assessment services we offer support for rolling stock operators and owners, infrastructure operators, and vehicle and component manufacturers to ensure approval-ready product design and implementation throughout process chains. Our professional, process-oriented approach helps you to avoid excessive engineering measures without compromising on essential safety. In addition, we support authorities in verifying evidence bases, also in connection with CSM applications. Our proactive approach to our customers’ individual situations generates enormous potential savings in our customers’ value chain, mobilised by our testing services we perform - from defining certification requirements to optimising certification management.
TÜV SÜD experts are thoroughly familiar with state-of-the-art technology and science and have cross-disciplinary expertise in evaluation and assessment methods, focusing on FMEA as well as risk, consequence and sensitivity analysis. As accredited partner we offer assessment services as inspection body/testing body, NoBo (Notified Body)/DeBo (Designated Body)/AsBo (Assessment Body) and ISA (Independent Safety Assessors).
With our testing services for fire protection you will meet all relevant fire protection requirements.
We provide system-related fire protection assessment according to recognised ´standards and regulations at national and international level, e.g EN 45545-2, as a basis for the issue of operating licences or vehicle/infrastructure acceptance. We supply expert confirmations of the correctness of engineering design and operating concepts for vehicles or technical systems (test reports, confirmations, expert assessments and certificates).
With our independent testing and assessement services we support you, amongst others, in the following areas:
We provide assesments inf the following areas:
Our training programmes focus on the issues of most concern to our customers and incorporate case studies where required. Focal areas include: