What is Product Acceptance?
A Plant Assessment Body, or PAB, independently assesses and certifies rail plant against the applicable GB railway industry standards to enable operation in railway possessions. Plant in scope of a PAB assessment includes:
- On-track plant (OTP), including road-rail vehicles such as MEWPs, excavators and dumpers, and trolleys and trailers, assessed against RIS-1530-PLT.
- On-track machines (OTM), such as tampers, rail grinders and rail cranes, assessed against RIS-1702-PLT.
The rail industry standards define a wide range of technical requirements, such as:
All OTP and OTM require certification before being able to operate in a possession. OTM certification usually has no expiry date. OTP certification is valid for a maximum of 7 years, after which time the machines must be reassessed against the latest version of the standard before they can be recertified for another 7 years. That’s where we can help.
Only UKAS-accredited PABs can assess and certify OTP and OTM.