An Entity in Charge of Maintenance (ECM) plays an important safety role in the European railway system by ensuring that the vehicles for which it is in charge are in a safe state of running by means of a system of maintenance.
To facilitate the relations with railway undertakings, a European system of certification for ECMs has been set up in Regulation (EU) 445/2011.
This regulation sets out:
The system of certification provides evidence of responsibility and traceability of the maintenance undertaken on freight wagons. It sets out also 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.
ERA publishes the list of accredited and recognised certification bodies, as well as the ECM certificates in the ERADIS database.