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IRIS certification for the Rail Industry

Put your rail operations on the right track

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What is IRIS?

IRIS Certification™, rev. 03 from LRQA offers benefits to organisations across the global rail supply chain that need to demonstrate sector specific compliance.

UNIFE, the owners of the IRIS certification scheme, have combined the rail industry’s quality management system standard, ISO 22163:2017 with their own IRIS Certification™ rules.

It provides organisations with the confidence that they are meeting the robust criteria set out in ISO 9001, while factoring in the rail industry specific elements contained in ISO/TS 22163 and the widely adopted IRIS certification assessment methodology.

Benefits of IRIS

Licence to operate

Certification to IRIS and ISO/TS 22163 provides evidence that your products and services meet the demanding expectations and standards of the rail sector.

Easy integration

IRIS shares common elements with ISO 9001:2015, so it’s easy to integrate with the standards you are currently using.

Best practice

Recognised globally, IRIS certification and ISO/TS 22163 gives you access to best practices from across the rail industry

Competitive edge

As well as increased efficiency and effectiveness, IRIS enables you to supply into all major rail manufacturers.

Need help with IRIS?

LRQA provides IRIS gap analysis and IRIS assessment & certification services to support your organisation working in the rail industry.

Why work with us?

Technical expertise

Our specialists are rail engineers, ex-service personnel and industry specialists who have been authenticated by the rail industry and registered through UNIFE and industry specialists who are matched with your business needs, enabling an effective and robust audit of your system. We’re experts in not only understanding the potential in cutting-edge ideas, but applying this pragmatically in ways which guarantee impact today and in the long-term.


LRQA has been at the forefront of standards development and a market leader in certification and training for more than 30 years.

Proven track record

We have high-profile clients in rail and other related sectors, and were one of the first global certification bodies to be accredited to deliver IRIS certification.


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