In conjunction with our subsidiary, AEGIS Certification Services Ltd (ACS), we offer a full range of third-party independent assessment and certification services:
Our team has a wealth of experience in application of the legislative framework and in supporting clients to achieve safety approvals and authorisations for rail vehicles, infrastructure, plant and machinery. We apply a pragmatic approach whilst maintaining the necessary level of independence and impartiality.
AEGIS is accredited by UKAS to BS EN ISO/IEC 17020:2012 as a Type C Inspection Body and to BS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012 as a Certification Body. The rigorous accreditation process has examined our processes and competence across all railway engineering disciplines and TSI areas. We have a broad knowledge of supporting technical and process standards including BS EN 50126, BS EN 50128, and BS EN 50129.
AEGIS has an extensive track record for undertaking Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) and providing a professional opinion on whether risks have been appropriately managed and controlled. The ISA process ideally starts at the outset of a project or product development, allowing any safety concerns to be raised at an early stage and addressed with minimal impact to the project.
We adopt a risk-based approach to focus effort on the areas of greatest concern or uncertainty. The ISA typically comprises the formal assessment of a project’s safety deliverables (safety plan, hazard identification, risk assessment and safety case) and supported by safety audits.
AEGIS has been undertaking ISA since becoming one of the first Network Rail approved ISAs in 2002. Example major projects have included LOTRAIN, software for Class 345? Crossrail trains, Class 378/379/387 Cat A Modifications and ATC Signalling for SSL>.
AEGIS is accredited to act as an Assessment Body (AsBo) in accordance with Regulation (EU) 402/2013 (and (EU) 2015/1136 amendment) on the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSM RA). This regulation applies to technical, operational and organisational safety-related changes to the railway, and requires that an AsBo is appointed if the defined change is determined to be ‘significant’ to operational safety.
The role of the AsBo is to assess the suitability of the risk management process and the results of the process, which is presented in a Safety Assessment Report.
Example projects include Class 345 Crossrail trains, C44 Rail Grinders, Class 465 Regen, Channel Tunnel ElecLink, Amey Level Crossing product development and SSL ATC signalling.
AEGIS is appointed by the DfT as a Notified Body (NoBo) against the rail interoperability Directive 2008/57/EC, and we are able to undertake certification against all of the structural and transverse Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs), including Rolling Stock (LOC & PAS), Control-Command and Signalling (CCS), Energy (ENE), Infrastructure (INF), Noise, Persons with Reduced Mobility (PRM) and Safety in Railway Tunnels (SRT).
We offer certification of new and modified vehicles and infrastructure, including interoperability constituents. Our team has considerable experience of different project types and can offer guidance on the compliance demonstration process, selection of the conformity assessment modules and construction of the Technical File.
In addition to being a Notified Body, AEGIS is also appointed by the DfT as a Designated Body (DeBo) to assess conformity against the Notified National Technical Rules (NNTRs).
Our BS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012 accreditation covers undertaking independent verification activities under RIS-2700-RST (Rail Industry Standard for Verification of Conformity of Engineering Change to Rail Vehicles). This replaces the superseded Vehicle Acceptance Body role, and involves the verification of the design and construction (including maintenance arrangements) against requirements within Railway Group Standards, resulting in a formal Attestation Statement.
AEGIS has undertaken RIS-2700-RST verification for a variety of clients including Bombardier, dG8, Southeastern and Abellio Scotrail.
The scope of our accreditation to BS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012 also includes the ability to undertake Plant Assessment Body (PAB) reviews in accordance with RIS-1710-PLT (Rail Industry Standard for Engineering Certification of Railborne Plant). Our team offers assessment and certification of On-track Machines (OTM) and On-track Plant (OTP).
The PAB team at AEGIS have previously undertaken work with a number of manufacturers and engineering companies including; Allan J Hargreaves Plant Engineers Ltd, Fitzgerald Plant Services Ltd, Rail Products UK Ltd and SRS SRS Sjölanders AB.
Under the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (ROGS) , non-mainline transport operators need procedures to cover safety verification of new or altered rolling stock or infrastructure.
Within the safety verification process, AEGIS has experience of acting as the Independent Competent Person (ICP) to support the dutyholder in establishing and following suitable processes for safety.