Accreditation and certifications

NCB is accredited by UKAS to act as an Approved (ApBo), Designated (DeBo) and Assessment (AsBo) Body to certify / assess rail project compliance.

The table below shows the full set of capacities in which NCB acts, including where applicable, the accreditation/certification details. NCB implements a management system certified by BSI to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 45001:2018 and ISO 14001:2015. Evidence of our approval to act as an Approved Body in UK is published on UK Market Conformity Assessment Bodies.

Capacity / ServiceRegulation under which service is provided and other applicable documentsAccreditation / Certification organisation
and standard
Other Information
Approved body (ApBo)Statutory Instrument No. 3066 The Railways (Interoperability) Regulations 2011 (as amended), National technical specification notices (NTSN)UKAS
BS EN ISO / IEC
17065
Option A
Designated Body (DeBo)Statutory Instrument No. 3066 The Railways (Interoperability) Regulations 2011 (as amended), National Technical RulesUKAS
BS EN ISO / IEC
17065
Option A
Assessment Body (AsBo)Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 402/2013 of 30 April 2013 on the Common Safety Method (CSM) for risk evaluation and assessment (as amended by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1136) as invoked by ROGSUKAS
BS EN ISO / IEC
17020
Type A
Independent Competent PersonsStatutory Instrument No. 599 The Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (as amended)BSI ISO 9001,
ISO 14001,
ISO 45001
Registration of Load Units (Containers and Swap Bodies)International Union of Railways (UIC) Leaflet 592 requirements and Euro norms (EN) & UIC leaflet-596-6 and IRS-50596-7BSI ISO 9001,
ISO 14001,
ISO 45001
Entities in Charge of Maintenance (ECM) Certification BodyRailways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) regulations 2006 as amended
Schedules 9 and 10 of ROGS which substantially reproduces Regulation (EU) No 445/2011
Regulation (EU) 2019/779 which has been retained in UK law by the Railways (Miscellaneous Amendments, Revocations and Transitional Provisions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 for
cross-border services and is equivalent to the Convention concerning International Carriage
by Rail’s (COTIF) Annex A to ATMF Appendix G
UKAS
BS EN ISO / IEC 17065
Option A
Rail Industry Standard for Engineering Certification of
Railborne Plant
RIS-1710-PLT Rail Industry Standard for Engineering Certification of Railborne Plant and the Assessment of Non – Railborne Plant,
RIS-1702-PLT Rail Industry Standard for the Design of On-track Machines in Working and Travelling Modes
RIS-1530-PLT Rail Industry Standard for Engineering Acceptance of On-Track Plant and Associated Equipment.
UKAS
BS EN ISO / IEC 17065
Option A
Network Rail Product AcceptanceThe applicable prevailing Network Rail company standards for product acceptanceBSI ISO 9001,
ISO 14001,
ISO 45001
Technical services (including training services)Related to the understanding of all railway regulations, standards, and specificationsBSI ISO 9001,
ISO 14001,
ISO 45001
Only training services are currently covered by the BSI scope
Design for Reliability AssessmentRelated to product acceptance and assessment of compliance with NR/L2/RSE/0005BSI ISO 9001,
ISO 14001,
ISO 45001

If you plan to commission NCB to act as your ApBo, DeBo, PAB, or ECM Certification Body, or already have done so, then you will need to read our Scheme Rules for Assessment of Railway Projects.

NCB Integrated Management System

Network Certification Body Limited (NCB) is certified by BSI to BS EN ISO 9001: 2015, BS EN ISO 14001:2015 & BS ISO 45001:2018 for the provision of conformity assessment and technical services to the railway industry.

Our Integrated Management System (IMS) has built in checks and balances to demonstrate that project and client requirements are identified and met. These include project reviews, improvement tools, KPIs, feedback mechanisms and internal audits, all fed through to our Board of Directors and reviewed regularly by NCB Certification Advisory Committee.

We work closer together with our clients to:

We have robust processes in place to keep up to date with changes to National technical specification notices and standards through our involvement with the Department for Transport, ORR, RSSB, British, European, and International standards bodies. Any identified changes are built into our assessment processes and communicated accordingly.

NCB supports the development of the International and UK conformity assessment industry by providing experts to rail related forums.

Further information is contained in the applicable Scheme Rules, which also apply.

NCB is accredited by:

certification

Our latest UKAS schedules: Inspection Body and Product Certification Body

NCB is certified by:

certification

(FS 622448)

certification

(EMS 649321)

certification

(OHS 649322)