Maintenance of railway vehicles and infrastructure is an important part of ensuring that they continue to deliver a safe performance. The certification of Entities in Charge of Maintenance (ECM), according to the Regulation EU/445/2011, provides evidence of responsibility and traceability of the maintenance undertaken on freight wagons.
In addition, the certification of maintenance workshops (MW), in the framework of the Regulation EU/445/2011, sets out a certification process that ensures a transparent and structured management system for all workshops and will help to reduce the burden and duplication of controls and/or audits across the rail sector.
Driving these certification processes, there are available for the sector the ECM and the MW certification schemes, which are the reference to conduct the certification activities. In order to facilitate the harmonised implementation of the accreditation and certification processes, the Agency has launched the Network on Cooperation of Certification bodies, joining all the actors involved in these activities.
The agency has published in September 2013 the Guide for the application of the Art 14 (a) of the Safety Directive and Commission Regulation (EU) No 445/2011 on a system of certification of entities in charge of maintenance for freight wagons, to provide clarifications on the ECM Certification in different aspects such responsibilities, scope of application, standards and connections with other related Legislation.
The guide was completed on July 2015 by the §9.7 on explanation of the article 9 of
the regulation 445/2011.