According to articles 154 and 155 of the EU-contract, the European Commission contributes to the establishment and extension of the trans-European rail network in the field of infrastructure in order to strengthen Europe’s rail traffic. The EU aims to use all necessary methods to ensure interoperability throughout the network, particularly mentioning the harmonization of technical standards.
Realization and compliance of these standards is assured by Notified Bodies. They have the responsibility to ensure conformity with the standards from the design phase to realization and putting into service.
The European Railway Agency (ERA) issues so called technical specifications for interoperability (TSI) for each subsystem which are used as basis for the assessment. The Notified Body has to be accredited as inspection body for each single TSI. In order to assess quality standards, it is necessary in Austria to be a certification body.
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