FBO "RC FRT"

Federal Budgetary Organization "Register of Certification on the Federal Railway Transport" (FBO "RC FRT") deals with certification of railway transport since 1997. FBO "RC FRT" acts under the jurisdiction of the Federal Agency of Railway Transport before the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation.

FBO "RC FRT" mainly deals with conformity assessment in railway transport domain. Conformity assessment within the Russian Federation may be optional or mandatory. Mandatory conformity assessment shall be performed through acceptance of the declaration of conformity and mandatory certification. The object of mandatory conformity assessment within the Russian Federation is goods released for circulation within the Russian Federation. Optional conformity assessment is performed in form of optional certification.

FBO "RC FRT" joins the organizations, recognized by the Council of Railway Transport of CIS countries accredited in statutory order for conformity assessment of railway products.

15 certification bodies of railway transport goods, services, quality management and production systems, and environmental management systems have been accredited on the basis of FBO "RC FRT".

FBO "RC FRT" performs the following certification activities:

- Certification of railway transport goods for compliance with railway transport safety standards of the Russian Federation (in case of mandatory certification) and with other requirements (in case of optional certification)

- Certification of services provided to passengers;

- Certification of cargo shipment services;

- Certification of quality management and production systems for compliance with GOST R /ISO 9001;

- Certification of repair facilities;

- Certification of environmental management systems for compliance with GOST R /ISO 14001.

FBO "RC FRT" collaborates with expert certification centers and with over 80 research and development centers (laboratories), accredited on the basis of research organizations of railway transport and industry, as well as with manufacturing companies, operating within Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Belarus, Germany, Netherlands, and USA.

FBO "RC FRT" owns register of experts for certification of railway transport activities, which number exceeds 100 specialists with higher technical education, which have expertise in railway transport domain and which have passed special training in certification of railway transport (of which 50 specialists are office holders of FBO "RC FRT"). Specialists of FBO "RC FRT" act in accordance with principles of independence, impartiality and professionalism, evidenced by the positive 15 year expertise thereof.

Customers ordering certification services from FBO "RC FRT" are both Russian companies and manufacturing companies located in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Japan, India, China, and USA, importing their goods to the territory of the Russian Federation.

 

 

 

Certification of Products

 

Conformity assessment within the Russian Federation may be optional or mandatory. Mandatory conformity assessment shall be performed through acceptance of the declaration of conformity and through mandatory certification of products. The object of mandatory conformity assessment within the Russian Federation is goods released for circulation within the Russian Federation. Optional conformity assessment is performed in form of optional certification of goods.

FBO "RC FRT" deals with mandatory assessment of railway transport products released for circulation within the Russian Federation for conformity with railway transport safety regulations of the Russian Federation, and deals with optional conformity assessment of products subject to national standards, draft national standards, company regulations, codes of conduct, systems of optional certification, and terms of contracts.

Customers ordering certification services from FBO "RC FRT" are both Russian companies and manufacturing companies located in Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Romania, Israel, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Slovakia, Japan, India, China, and USA, importing their goods to the territory of the Russian Federation.

From 1997 to 2012, FBO "RC FRT" had issued over 10 000 mandatory conformity assessment certificates and over 1 500 optional conformity assessment certificates.

 

 

Certification of Quality Management Systems

 

Manufacturing standardization is always an issue of concern. Unsurprisingly, conformity assessment to certain commonly accepted standards ensures distribution of qualitative goods at the market, and makes the production processes more effective. Nowadays, there is a stiff competition practically in any industry, including the railway industry.

 From the consumer's point of view, such a fact allows production of more qualitative goods and control price of goods. However, from the producer's point of view, the strongest wins and, thus, efficiency of production and product quality shall be the primary issue. Standard ISO 9001 allows elaboration of the most effective corporate management ways, and promotes the best quality of provided goods or services, which are of high value at the market.

Availability of the certified quality management system more often becomes contractual prerequisite of the customer, as duly launched and worked-out quality management system means that the company goes ahead continuously improving its business and tends to improve quality of its products. Certified quality management system bears evidence of the advanced management level to the customers and partners thereof.

With regards to quality management system, national standard GOST R ISO 9001, equivalent to international standard ISO 9001, applies within the Russian Federation.

FBO "RC FRT" deals with conformity assessment of quality management systems of the companies to national standard GOST R ISO 9001.

Officers of FBO "RC FRT" are highly qualified specialists, experienced in development, implementation, and audit of quality management systems applied within railway companies, and are experts in quality management systems within the scope of the Certification system of the federal railway transport of the Russian Federation. 

 

 

Certification of the Environmental Control Systems

 

Environmental control forms a part of the corporate governance system aimed at implementation of the general accurate organizational structure of the company allowing performance within the scope of the effective environmental standards and allowing implementation of environmental protection programs.

Standard ISO 14001 serves as an instrument for optimization of environmental policy of the companies.

Availability of the certified environmental control system evidences that the company may control environmental impact of its activity, and demonstrates effective and perspective business approach.

Implemented environmental control system within a company allows:

- Improvement of control and management of key environmental aspects (for instance, waste disposal in the atmosphere, waste recycling, use of natural sources);

- Lowering risks and related possible loss, including environmental fees and penalties;

- Lowering number of accidents and financial costs of possible liquidation of consequences thereof;

- Simplifying of procedure for obtainment of various licenses and permits;          

- Improvement of company reputation in the eyes of the customers, partners, investors, shareholders, and other stakeholders.

With regards to environmental control system, national standard GOST R ISO 14001, equivalent to international standard ISO 14001, applies within the Russian Federation.

FBO "RC FRT" deals with conformity assessment of environmental control system of the companies to national standard GOST R ISO 14001.

Officers of FBO "RC FRT" are highly qualified specialists, experienced in development, implementation, and audit of quality management systems applied within railway companies, and are experts in environmental control system within the scope of the Certification system of the federal railway transport of the Russian Federation. 

 

 

Certification of Services

 

In recent years, service market undergoes significant changes. Growth of the number of companies mastering the same market niches has finally enabled service users to make free and quite wide choice. Nowadays, quality of offered services directly influences the final choice of the consumer. 

Certification of services allows independent quality assessment of rendered services, as expert judgment becomes an effective instrument for market competition. 

Besides, certification of services becomes usual tender participation prerequisite, and candidates for major tender bid more actively try to obtain the certificate evidencing their competence and qualification. 

Optional certification of services means that services will not damage life, health, and property of any persons, that services will be of required quality and with be rendered in due terms, accounting for warranty service provisions. Evidently, Service Certification Authority, while assuming such responsibility, shall ensure, for certain, additional possibilities of the company obtaining such certificate. Moreover, as a rule, optional certification of services is not limited to onerous verification. Consumers shall be aware that Service Certification Authority controls activity of the company within the term of the certificate, i.e. performs scheduled inspections and nonscheduled inspections in case of any consumer's complaints. 

Object of certification in railway services domain are services rendered to passengers (in trains, at railway stations) and cargo transportation services.

FBO "RC FRT" deals with conformity assessment of railway transport services subject to national standards, draft national standards, company regulations, and codes of conduct, optional certification systems, terms of contracts, accounting for sanitary and fire safety regulations.

 

 

Certification of Repair Facilities

 

Subject to the law of the Russian Federation, newly produced railway rolling stock to be operated within the Russian Federation is subject to mandatory certification.

This measure allows ensuring sufficient level of traffic safety and railway transport operation for state authorities.

However, newly produced railway rolling stock is not the only one used during shipment. Overwhelming majority of facilities used at shipment process are rolling stocks which during its service life undergo scheduled technical maintenance and repair.

Therefore, safety of traffic and railway transport operation directly depends on the quality and timeliness of rolling stock maintenance works.

Availability of quality certificate of repair facility evidences that the company is able to ensure the highest level of rolling stock maintenance services, provided maintenance of necessary level of traffic safety.

FBO "RC FRT" deals with conformity assessment of repair facilities subject to industry regulations and norms of the Russian Federation concerning the repair of rolling stock, accounting for standard GOST R ISO 9001.