Rail vehicle and rolling stock manufacturers and operators as well as infrastructure managers face the challenge of guaranteeing personal safety including fire protection and protecting the value of assets and preservation of objectives (vehicles, stations, tunnels) as well as the protection of the environment.. In addition to legal and regulatory requirements, also criteria of product and operator liability must be considered. 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 of rail vehicles, infrastructure and components to ensure compliance with the defined protection objectives. It is mandatory to comply with the specifically defined protection goals. Documentation and records must meet these requirements throughout the entire lifecycle process (with reference to the V-model according to EN 50126). Our fire protection testing services, starting with system design, risk assessment and development through to acceptance, support you in addressing all these challenges to ensure safe rail operation.
The services of an independent and accredited inspection and testing body are vital to ensure safe rail operations, especially when it comes to fire protection for railway technology. Those services provide rail 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 personal safety in the 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 for all aspects of safety assessment of vehicle technology, system 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 and risk-based system approach helps you to avoid excessive technical measures without compromising on essential safety.
We can provide authorities with the necessary technical basis for evidence based decisions. For this purpose, information on the current state of the art and regulatory developments can be provided, as well as advice on possible disproportionate requirements. 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's experts are able to moderate FMEAs, risk, consequence and sensitivity analyses required for system assessment and provide technical support to clients without influencing the measures to be taken by the client. As accredited partner we offer assessment services as inspection body/testing body (proof of correct implementation of measures), NoBo (Notified Body), DeBo (Designated Body), AsBo (Assessment Body) and ISA (Independent Safety Assessor).
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 assessments services we support you, amongst others, in 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:
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