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28APR2017

First seminar on the new IRIS Certification™ rules

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On Wednesday, 3 may, a seminar will be organised at AENOR INTERNACIONAL SAU, in Madrid, on the topic: “IRIS Certification™ -  Transition to the new IRIS Certification™ system”. This seminar will be the first one related to the new rules of the certification, in its transition to ISO/TS. Therefore, the IRIS Management Team encourage all IRIS certified companies and IRIS members to participate to this important event, to learn more about the concrete evolution of the scheme and its impact for each certified company. 

Please click here to register to the event and download the programme by clicking on the link below. Please, be aware that the event will be held in Spanish.


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11APR2017

IRIS in Vía Libre, Spanish Railway Journal

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Click here to read the article published by Vía Libre, Spanish Railway Journal, on the evolution of IRIS.

[English translation below]


The new global standard for quality in the railway sector and the associated certification rules will be published in May.

The final transitional audits should be completed in July 2018.

The new global standard for quality management systems in the railway sector, ISO / TS 22163 and the associated certification rules, will be published in May this year, which will require changes to the quality management systems of organizations .

In October 2016, the European Railway Industry Association, UNIFE, announced the decision of the Technical Committee 269 of the International Organization for Standardization to replace the global standard for quality management systems in the railway sector - IRIS Rev. 02 evolves to ISO / TS 22163.

Thus, organizations certified according to the IRIS Rev. 02 standard will have to successfully undergo transition audits to adapt their certificates to ISO / TS 22163, which is based on the structure and requirements of ISO 9001: 2015, and adopt their totality, including additional requirements for the railway sector.

ISO / TS 22163 aims to, further develop the organization's quality management system, focus on continuous improvement and prevention of nonconformities, include specific requirements and methods for railway customers, and avoid waste and loss in the supply chain. The new standard requires certified auditors to overcome training supervised by Unife.

First audits
The first transition audits are planned in July and August 2017. As IRIS Rev. 02 certificates expire on 14 September 2018, and as all nonconformities in the audits must be resolved before a new ISO / TS 22163 certificate can be issued, the latest transition audits should be completed by July 2018.

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10FEB2017

Welcome to Haido Sotiriou

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IRIS Management Centre (IMC) is glad to welcome Haido Sotiriou as our new IRIS Manager, who will be taking over Kujtesa Hajredini’s responsibilities. Haido will be responsible for the daily management of the IRIS Certification™ business within the IMC and therefore, will be the first contact person for all stakeholders. Meanwhile, IMC would like to warmly thank Kujtesa Hajredini for the almost five years spent within IRIS team, contributing to the development of the certification and fruitful relationships with our numerous stakeholders. We wish her all the best in her new projects within UNIFE!

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09FEB2017

Stefan Siegler elected as Chairman of the IRIS Steering Committee and IRIS Advisory Board

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On 7 February, in Brussels, Stefan Siegler, Vice President of Business Excellence and Quality Management at Siemens Mobility, was elected as Chairman of the IRIS Steering Committee (SteCo) and IRIS Advisory Board (IAB). Replacing Mark Manley, who greatly contributed to building worldwide recognition and furthering the development of IRIS, Stefan Siegler’ main target is to ensure that the IRIS Certification™ level corresponds to the expected performance quality. Furthermore, he will work to increase worldwide acknowledgement and applications of IRIS Certification™ throughout the entire value chain. 

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12OCT2016

IMC team welcomes Tamás Bujdosó

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IRIS Management Centre (IMC) is glad to welcome Tamás Bujdosó, as Technical Advisor, joining the team for the implementation of the already started evolution of IRIS Certification™. He will be working on the preparation of the different documents linked to the new assessment methodology, the dry run audits, and the trainings, among others. He’s background is based on supplier quality management and project management within Bosch and Knorr-Bremse.


You can contact him at tamas.bujdoso@unife.org

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06OCT2016

International developments in progress

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1520-1435 Partnership: during the InnoTrans week in Berlin, the 9th conference on railway engineering was organised. Numerous speakers highlighted projects, analyses or achievements to strengthen the cooperation between the two gauge areas. Philippe Citroën, UNIFE Director-General, welcomed the publication of the second edition of the handbook on technical regulations. He stressed the need of further cooperation and presented the status of the IRIS Certification™ in Russian Federation.

The voice of the customer: Valentin Gapanovich, Vice President of Russian Railways, came to the UNIFE stand where he highlighted  the need to continue the work on improving quality and confirmed his support as an operator to reach this goal. He welcomed the progress on the evolution towards an ISO/TS and the related assessment methodology. Finally, on the Russian market, he will be very attentive on the accurate application of the IRIS rules, being an essential point for success.

International projects: H.E. Jorge Cardenas, Bolivian Ambassador in Germany, met Philippe Citroën to discuss the opportunity to include the European industry in South American projects. Further talks will be organised to specify the needs.

IRIS 10th anniversary: among the announcements on the future evolution of IRIS Certification™ (see previous news), UNIFE invited the stakeholders to celebrate the achievements on its stand. The IRIS Advisory Board was largely represented as well as partners – certification bodies, auditors – and certified companies’ representatives. It was the momentum to recall the successes of the last years but also to shape the future.

InnoTrans 2016 was a great edition, also for IRIS Certification™. There was a lot of interest to get the latest news about IRIS during the week in Berlin. At the IRIS Certification™ booth at the UNIFE stand, we welcomed worldwide customers and could measure the very global knowledge on our scheme and the future expectations from the rail sector. 

We thank very warmly all contributors of this success. 

The IRIS Management Centre

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28SEP2016

IRIS newsletter 8th edition – September 2016

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The IRIS Management Centre published the 8th edition of the Quality Rail Journal prior to InnoTrans 2016, in Berlin. This new issue provides the latest news relating to IRIS Certification™, an update on the worldwide recognition and development of the certification, as well as a four pages technical dossier, on the upcoming transition phase, after ISO/TS publication. Finally, the three new UNIFE members (MEN Holdings, 21Net and Teleste), ratified last June 2016 during the UNIFE General Assembly in Amsterdam, testify on their experience within IRIS Certification™, since they obtained the certificate.

Please click here to access the Donwload Area and download the IRIS newsletter.

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26SEP2016

IRIS Certification™ at InnoTrans 2016

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On 21 & 22 September, UNIFE and IRIS team presented the last news on the coming evolutions of the scheme.
The principles were explained by Mark Manley, IRIS Chairman and VP Quality Bombardier, then Philippe Citroën, UNIFE Director-General, presented the achievements over the last 10 years. The transition process details to move from the current IRIS Rev.02.1 version to the future ISO/TS, was presented by Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager. 
Please click here to download the presentation.

The session dedicated to the changes in the conformity assessment process was moderated by Angela de Heymer, IRIS Senior Manager, and the details were given by the sector representatives actively working on these evolutions: Stefan Siegler, VP Business Excellence and Quality Management at Siemens AG and Volker Buhrmester, Head of Quality Standards Rolling Stock at DB AG.
Please click here to download the presentation.

For more details on the evolutions, please look at the FAQ section of the IRIS website here.

This InnoTrans was a success and especially a large audience attended the IRIS talks. It was also the time to celebrate the 10th IRIS anniversary and the already deep dissemination within the worldwide supply chain.

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05SEP2016

IRIS at InnoTrans 2016

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Once again, the IRIS Management Centre will be participating to InnoTrans 2016 from 20 to 23 September, in Berlin (Germany). Please come and meet us at the UNIFE stand in Hall 4.2, Stand 302

Several presentations and discussions will be held at the UNIFE stand during the week. Among them, two will be dedicated to IRIS Certification TM. Furthermore, a cocktail to celebrate IRIS 10th anniversary will be organised at the UNIFE stand, on Wednesday to promote networking. See below the detailed IRIS’ Agenda:

Wednesday, 21/09/2016:
            16:30 - 17:15: IRIS achievements and the future with ISO
            Speakers: Philippe Citroën (Director General, UNIFE), Mark Manley (IRIS IAB Chairman and Vice President Quality, Bombardier Transportation), Bernard Kaufmann (IRIS General Manager, UNIFE)            
            17:15 – 17:30: The voice of the customer: Valentin Gapanovich (RZD Vice-president)
            17:30 – 19:00: Cocktail for IRIS’ 10th Anniversary (no registration needed)

Thursday, 22/09/2016:
            15:30 – 16:00: IRIS’ technical evolutions & rules
            Speakers: Angela de Heymer (IRIS Senior Manager, UNIFE), Stefan Siegler (Vice President Business Excellence and Quality Management, Siemens), Volker Buhrmester (Head of Quality Standards Rolling Stock, DB AG)

We look forward meeting you at InnoTrans at Hall 4.2/Stand 302!

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28JUL2016

First MoU on IRIS signed with public transport operator FMB

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25 July, 2016
Barcelona, Spain

UNIFE, the European Rail Industry Association, gathered new support of railway operators for the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) with the first signature of a MoU on IRIS with a public transport operator, Ferrocarril Metropolità de Barcelona (FMB). The signing took place on 25 July at the FMB headquarters in Barcelona, with Marc Grau (Metro Network Director) representing FMB and Philippe Citroën (UNIFE Director General) representing UNIFE.


The MoU highlights the commitment of the signatories on the necessity of using the IRIS standard to reach sustainable improvements in rail organisations. It stipulates a number of areas of cooperation between UNIFE and FMB on IRIS, but in particular on the maintenance processes and the development and dissemination of an IRIS scheme within the global supply chain. It will establish clear standards of quality requirements and ensure that customer specific needs are reached in terms of product quality.


UNIFE Director General, Philippe Citroën, stated, “I’m very pleased to sign this first MoU on IRIS with TMB of Barcelona, the first public transport operator to officially recognise the importance of IRIS. This MoU once again reaffirms the need for industry and operators to cooperate closely to improving quality through IRIS.”


Marc Grau, Metro Network Director at FMB remarked: “In our 2015-2020 strategic plan, quality is a must: we need added value in our organisations and at the supplier level in order to sustain our growth. We consider that the implementation of the IRIS standard in the industry is a key to achieving this goal and it will be a mandatory requirement for future tenders.”


For further information, please contact Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, at bernard.kaufmann@unife.org.

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19JUL2016

Development of the IRIS Standard in the Russian Federation

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JSC Russian Railway, RZD, organised an IRIS conference at its premises in St. Petersburg on July 6th 2016, with the participation of the IRIS Advisory Board members. The conference focused on the results of the implementation of the IRIS Standard in the period 2009 – 2015 and the further development perspective till 2020.
Several testimonies were exchanged between operators, the industry and certification bodies.

Philippe Citroën, UNIFE Director-General, highlighted the long-term cooperation with NP-UIRE and also RZD by signing the Memorandum of Understanding with IRIS in 2015, as one of the first rail operators.

Oleg Senkovskyi, First Deputy Head of the Centre for Technical Audit at RZD, remarked how RZD is supporting the implementation of IRIS in the Russian Federation and believes in its huge potential for improvement of quality. The RZD policy toward its suppliers started already in 2009 by requiring the IRIS certification.

Volker Buhrmester, DB AG Chief Quality Rolling Stock, reinforced the need of implementing an effective and state of the art quality management in the railway business. He expressed that DB AG is driving the partnership with the railway industry for systematic improvements of product quality based on IRIS and the related signed Memorandum of Understanding.

Mark Manley, Bombardier Transportation Vice President Quality and IRIS Chairman, presented the key milestones for the future of IRIS and stressed the important role of all stakeholders on the coming developments.

To complement the conference and after the IRIS Advisory Board meeting, the members visited the Luzhskaya sorting station of Oktyabrskaya Railroad. As the gateway to the Merchant Sea Port of Ust-Luga, Luzhskaya sorting station is one of the biggest transport projects in Russia for the last twenty years, implemented by JSC "Russian Railways" in cooperation with Siemens AG and Bombardier Transportation. The visit of the control centre of the marshalling area was highly instructive.  

The NP-UIRE communication compiled a video report from these events. You can watch it here.

Contact: bernard.kaufmann@unife.org

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18JUL2016

IRIS evolution acknowledged by the boards

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In line with the developments set out in the IRIS strategy last year, the IRIS Steering Committee and IRIS Advisory Board approved the concepts for further improvements in the assessment methodology (considering customer and market needs), and the related impact on the certification process, during the board meetings held in St Petersburg and hosted by the Russian operator RZD. The UNIFE-IRIS working group and the IMC will now work out the detailed contents and launch the improvements, together with the requirements, which will be published in an external document. This follows the decisions taken at the ISO/TC 269 plenary meeting in Porto, where it was:
- Approved to transform IRIS to an ISO/TS
- Approved to have an ISO publication date of no later than May 2017 

The detailed transition phase and important steps for all stakeholders will be communicated during the InnoTrans fair at the UNIFE Stand, Hall 4.2 Stand 302, during a dedicated IRIS session.

Contact: Bernard.kaufmann@unife.org

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03JUN2016

UNIFE signs MoU with SNCF on IRIS

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UNIFE, the European Rail Industry Association,  continues to expand the support of railway operators for the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) with this week’s signature of a MoU on IRIS with the French Railways operator, SNCF. The signing took place on 1 June  at the SNCF headquarters in St Denis, France with Pierre Izard (Director for the Railway System and Technologies and Chief Technology Officer, SNCF) representing SNCF and Philippe Citroën (UNIFE Director General) representing UNIFE.

The MoU confirms the commitment of the signatories on the advancement of the IRIS standard. In particular, it stipulates a number of areas of cooperation between UNIFE and SNCF on IRIS, but most notably on the design and development processes supported by quality monitoring and the development and dissemination of an IRIS scheme adapted to the industrial target in France. As with the many other MoUs on IRIS signed by UNIFE with other major operators, the signatories will seek to establish better control of quality requirements and ensure that customer specific needs are cascaded within the supply chain.

UNIFE Director General, Philippe Citroën, remarked, “Railway operator commitment to IRIS is central to the next stage of growth for the standard which already boasts over 1300 IRIS certified manufacturers throughout the world. We are especially pleased to sign this MoU on IRIS today with SNCF.”

Pierre Izard, Director for the Railway System and Technologies and Chief Technology Officer at SNCF declared: “A large scale rollout of IRIS will mean that the sector will efficiently progress, better take into account the expectations of rail customers and supply its products at an improved price. Three great reasons for SNCF to engage with UNIFE.”

For further information, please contact John Harcus, UNIFE Head of Communication

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19MAY2016

18.05.2016

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Today, 18 May 2016, UNIFE & IRIS Group is pleased to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the IRIS certification and has arranged a newsletter emphasizing the standard’s accomplishments over the past decade as well as taking a look at what the future holds for IRIS.  

A special thanks to the UNIFE companies and IRIS stakeholders for their role in the success of this standard which continues to instill a culture of quality within our industry and sector.         
The IRIS Management Centre,                  
Click on the link below to download the newsletter.              
 


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03MAY2016

A new certification body enters into the IRIS scheme

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On April 28th, a new Framework Agreement has been signed between UNIFE and CCS Certification. Huang Shiyuan, General Manager of CCS Certification and Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager officially sealed the cooperation on IRIS. Following this commitment, CCS Certification becomes the 16th Certification Body approved to assess companies and deliver IRIS Certificates. 
CCS Certification is a well-established certification body in China, which will now focus its growth on rail business in the Far East. 
We wish a fruitful cooperation to support the global development of IRIS.

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15APR2016

UNIFE signs MoU with Dutch Railways (NS/NedTrain) on IRIS

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UNIFE continues to gather support of railway operators on the International Rail Industry Standard (IRIS) with yesterday's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on IRIS with Dutch Railways (NS/NedTrain). The signing took place at NS/NedTrain offices in Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands with Mr Luc Theuws (Director of Supply Chain Operations at NS) representing NS/NedTrain and Philippe Citroën (UNIFE Director General) representing UNIFE. This is the latest in a series of MoUs on IRIS signed between UNIFE and railway operators over the past seven months that includes Deutsche Bahn, RZD (Russian Railways), SNCB (Belgian Railways), and Swiss Federal Railways.
Yesterday’s MoU confirms the intention of the signatories to facilitate an exchange of information on quality management topics and the advancement of the IRIS standard. Specifically, the MoU stipulates an exchange on quality deficiencies typology, root cause analysis of defects, and specificity of local organisations. Nedtrain, which is the Dutch Railways’ locomotive and rolling stock maintenance and repair company, has already begun the implementation of IRIS at their maintenance sites.
UNIFE Director General, Philippe Citroën, remarked, “We are pleased to continue to see the affirmation of railway operator interest in the IRIS scheme. With the support of the operators, like NS/NedTrain, and the nearly 1300 IRIS certified manufacturers, a culture of quality will continue to be instilled in the global rail supply market, leading to a better and more competitive rail transport mode.”
NedTrain Director Supply Chain Operations, Luc Theuws, stated, “Our people breathe Quality; this means that we strive towards continuous quality improvement of all actors in the supply chain, with operators and suppliers alike. A growth model can certainly facilitate this and IRIS and its methodology fit within our goals.”
UNIFE expects to sign additional MoUs on IRIS with other major railway undertakings throughout Europe and the world throughout 2016. For further information, please contact Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, at Bernard.kaufmann@unife.org

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11APR2016

UNIFE Signs MoU with Swiss Federal Railways on IRIS

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On Friday, 8 April 2016, at Swiss Federal Railways headquarters in Bern, Switzerland, UNIFE, the European Rail Industry Association, represented by UNIFE Director-General Philippe Citroën, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Cooperation with Swiss Federal Railways, represented by Mr Dietmar Gessner, Director of Strategy Sourcing (CFF-SBB-FFS Operating) and Mr Patrick Hadorn, Director of Quality, Safety & Environment (CFF-SBB-FFS Operating) on the advancement of IRIS.     
The objective of this MoU is to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between the signatories on quality standards in the rail sector. This cooperation is expected to focus on increasing the exchange of knowledge and experience in a bilateral context on a number of relevant topics such as quality methods, operational and integration maturity levels, and risk transparency, among others specified in the MoU.                
The activities outlined in the MoU seek to create a favourable context for the development of a strong culture of quality in the rail sector and especially in Switzerland.                  
UNIFE looks forward to productive collaboration between IRIS and Swiss Federal Railways on quality improvements. UNIFE has already signed several MoUs on IRIS with operators, including Deutsche Bahn, Russian Railways (RZD), and Belgian Railways (SNCB). UNIFE and IRIS leadership are expected to sign additional MoUs on IRIS with other major railway undertakings throughout Europe and the world throughout 2016.                         
For further information, please contact Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, at bernard.kaufmann@unife.org                         
       
     
   
 

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10DEC2015

SITARAIL: First railway operator IRIS certified.

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The IRIS certification is mainly deployed in the rail industry, in the design, development and manufacturing activities. However, also railway operators can be IRIS certified trough their maintenance activities.  On 4th December 2015, the first IRIS Certificate was delivered to an operator and handed over to the maintenance site of SITARAIL, the railway concession of Bolloré Group between Ivory Coast and Burkhina Faso.
Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, congratulated Joel Hounsinou, Director-General of SITARAIL and his team for the efforts made to achieve this level. The ceremony hosted in Abidjan – Treichville Station gathered more than 100 attendees very proud of this honour. Raymond de Cloedt, the SGS auditor summarized his feedback from the audit done in last October, and reminded  the next steps to further achieve and improve the quality. Bernard Kaufmann insisted on the targets of IRIS, which emphasize reliable and sustainable quality for all customers. Joel Hounsinou highlighted the strong basis achieved for further development of the concession in this area as well as the satisfaction of this recognition.
The single track line with a meter gauge provides three per day freight and three per week passenger services along the 1250 kms between the port of Abidjan and Ouagadougou. The current development of the area will be sustained by consequent investments on the infrastructure and rolling stock in short and mid-terms.
Please click here if you are interested in becoming IRIS certified. 

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10DEC2015

IRIS participated to the AICQ Seminar

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The Italian Association for Quality Culture (AICQ) has organized a working day dedicated to rail, beginning of December in Florence. After a debate on the European 4th railway package, with the participation of Leonardo Dongiovanni from UNIFE, the second subject was centered on IRIS. Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, has presented the objectives and expected evolution in term of quality in our sector. He has insisted on the fact to “take the IRIS  train” now in order to capitalize the current best practices. He also drafted the evolution linked to the publication of the new ISO 9001 standard. Paolo Patti from Ansaldo STS, presented the current status of the company and the areas of improvement regarding the Italian market. Later on, during a round table, Emilio Sereni from Bombardier Transportation, gave some hints on future evolution and Gianluca Terzi from RINA, showed his interest regarding the transition to ISO/9001 by asking several questions. The seminar was held in presence of more than 100 representatives of the Italian rail sector who had the opportunity to exchange on these topics with the speakers.

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19OCT2015

1200 companies worldwide are IRIS certified!

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The IMC (IRIS Management Centre) is pleased to announce that, as of 14 October, the total number of IRIS certified sites has reached 1200, already meeting the 2015 annual business objective. Since the opening of the certification to infrastructure companies in July 2015, the IMC already counts several companies that have started the IRIS certification process for their infrastructure activities. This new scope, as well as the recent IRIS Addendum 2015, contribute to the continual development and improvement of the standard and help IRIS to further expand worldwide. 
Please click here if you are interesting in becoming an IRIS member and applying for IRIS certification. 

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06OCT2015

A new IRIS Technical coordinator at IMC

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Since October 1st, 2015, the IRIS Management Centre is glad to count a new member.
Anish Bawa joined the team in Brussels and will coordinate all IT matters related to IRIS developments. You can reach him at anish.bawa@unife.org
We welcome him warmly in the team and wish him a lot of success in his new job.
 

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03SEP2015

RZD and UNIFE signed a Memorandum of Understanding on IRIS

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At the occasion of the 2015 EXPO 1520, held this week in Moscow, UNIFE, the European Rail Industry Association, represented by UNIFE Director-General Philippe Citroën, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with RZD (Russian Railways), represented by Valentin Gapanovich, Senior Vice-President, RZD, for cooperation in the areas of technical documentation exchange, best practices, and the promotion of a strong culture of quality in the rail sector through IRIS. 
The main activities foreseen for UNIFE and RZD in this MoU include: the establishment of a regular dialogue within the existing UNIFE/IRIS committees and the development and dissemination of the IRIS scheme in Russia and CIS. The overall goal of the activities outlined in this MoU is to reinforce a favourable context for the development of the rail sector worldwide and especially in Russia and the CIS. 
This MoU follows eight years of cooperation between UNIFE and the Russian Non-commercial Partnership “Union of Industries of Railway Equipment” (NP-UIRE) and will focus on the continued promotion of the IRIS scheme in Russia and the CIS. At present, there are over 90 Russian companies that are IRIS certified, making it one of the largest IRIS certified markets in the world, which is largely a result of the past close cooperation between IRIS and RZD/NP-UIRE.
Valentin Gapanovich, Senior Vice-President of RZD, commented that the signature of this new MoU will give further impetus for IRIS development and added that, with the announcement of the new IRIS scope of certification "Infrastructure", he also expects further improvements in product quality.
This MoU was signed in the context of the fifth edition of the International Fair of Railway Equipment and Technology “EXPO 1520”, which is one of the largest rolling stock and rail technology exhibitions in Russia. Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager attended the fair and took the opportunity to meet with current IRIS certified companies and other international rail sector stakeholders.
Please see below an article on IRIS in the EXPO1520 magazine.
For more information, please contact Bernard Kaufmann at Bernard.kaufmann@unife.org


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21AUG2015

Deutsche Bahn and UNIFE sign a Memorandum of Understanding on IRIS

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On Friday, 21 August 2015, at Deutsche Bahn (DB) AG Headquarters in Berlin, UNIFE, the European Rail Industry Association, represented by UNIFE Chairman Dr Lutz Bertling and UNIFE Director-General Philippe Citroën, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Cooperation with DB AG, represented by Dr Volker Kefer, Member of the DB Management Board for Infrastructure, Services and Technology on the advancement of IRIS.
The objective of this MoU is to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between the signatories on quality standards in the rail sector. Such cooperation is expected to focus on increasing the exchange of knowledge and experience in a bilateral context on product quality, which is defined as product-related fulfilment of customer requirements. The activities outlined in this MoU endeavour to create a favourable context for the development of the rail sector worldwide and, especially, in Germany.
UNIFE looks forward to continued fruitful cooperation between IRIS and Deutsche Bahn on quality improvements. Mark Manley, Chairman of the IRIS Steering Committee as well as Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, expect to sign additional MoUs on IRIS with other major operators in the near future.
For further information, please contact Bernard Kaufmann at bernard.kaufmann@unife.org

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30JUL2015

IMC trains the auditors on the latest IRIS evolution

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As a preparation of the implementation of the IRIS Addendum 2015 and the update of the Audit-Tool, IRIS Management Centre (IMC) has communicated on the consequently technical evolutions to the Certification Body (CB) representatives during the bi-yearly certification body meeting on June, 25th 2015 in Brussels.    
Since the official launch in July 1st, IMC has started to visit some Certification Bodies as AENOR in Madrid and AFNOR in China, to train the auditors on these evolutions and to give them all updated information they need to perform their daily work. As the auditors are of the main stakeholders affected by the application of the new evolutions, these updated training are more than recommended.        
Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, has done training in Shanghai, organized by AFNOR China from July, 2nd to July, 3rd, with 17 participants. He had the opportunity to explain the last updates on IRIS rules, the evolution linked to the IRIS Addendum implementation 2015, as well as the last update of the IRIS Audit-Tool. The auditors had the chance to apply these update through several exercises, in order to feel comfortable on these evolution when performing future audits.            
During the yearly AENOR’ Auditor Forum on July, 24th, Angela de Heymer, IRIS Senior Manager, has presented these evolutions as well, to the IRIS Auditors from AENOR. She explained as well the future IRIS strategy. David Martinez, AENOR IRIS Product Manager, completed her presentation with some news on the IRIS Auditor management and has presented the planning of AENOR for the next year.                
IMC seeks to guaranty a good quality of audits through proper training of the auditors and communication to the CBs for the benefit of current and future IRIS certified companies.                         
     
   
 

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01JUL2015

Launch of the IRIS Addendum 2015!

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Launch of the IRIS Addendum 2015!

IRIS Management Centre is launching the IRIS Addendum 2015. The IRIS Addendum 2015 will simplify the evaluation process by introducing an assessment sheet as the new mandatory tool for auditors to be used during the evaluation of a company instead of the current questionnaire. This assessment sheet will also be useful for the audited company as well, offering much clearer feedback and more concrete examples of good practices to implement. Moreover, the IRIS Addendum 2015 creates a complete product scope for infrastructure companies by enlarging the existing scope 19. 
The distributors are informed and will 1) Distribute IRIS Addendum 2015 to their existing clients 2) update their Web portal, allowing all IRIS interested new customers to download the complete documents in all related languages (English, French, German, Polish and Russian). 
From today on, you can find the IRIS Addendum 2015 also in the DOWNLOAD AREA, on the home page of the IRIS website. Following this IRIS Addendum 2015, the IRIS Audit-Tool (available for IRIS members only) has been updated as well. The version 4.2.0.00 manages all changes provided by the IRIS Addendum 2015, thus it contains now the entire set of requirements including the ISO 9001:2008 one. Therefore, copyright fees are due even by upgrading an existing Audit-Tool (€150,00). New licenses will cost €600,00. 
The upgrade of the current IRIS Audit-Tool to V 4.2.0.00 has to be done via the current version. By opening the Audit-Tool a message for upgrade will appear. By downloading and installing this upgrade, the client accepts the payment conditions.


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01JUL2015

June 2015 - 7th IRIS Newsletter

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The IRIS Management Centre (IMC) is pleased to present you the 7th edition of ‘The Quality Rail Journal’.   Published for the UNIFE General Assembly in Bucharest, the newsletter focuses on the IRIS Addendum 2015, with articles written by Rudolf Frick, Chairman of the German Rail Industry Association (VDB) Working Committee on Quality and Project Management and Ekaterina Bochkareva, Head of railway and Aerospace Certification sector at Russian Register, one of the fifteen certification bodies of IRIS. Also in this newsletter, Gheorghe Sirbu, General Manager at ASTRA Vagoane, IRIS certified company, shares his experience with the certification and gives his view on the current situation of the rail market in Romania. Please click on the "PDF document" bellow to download the 7th IRIS newsletter.  


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02APR2015

DQS Forum: "Perspective - Quality and Reliability on the rail sector"

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On 17 February, a delegation from IRIS participated to the yearly Forum at ABB Switzerland AG in Turgi, Switzerland, organised by DQS (IRIS approved certification body). This seminar on “Perspectives - Quality and Reliability in the rail sector”, gathered around 30 representatives of the local rail companies.
Currently, more than 50 Swiss companies are IRIS certified and others are in a preparation phase. The Swiss rail industry, committed to IRIS since the beginning was in 2006 (launch of IRIS) the first IRIS certified company in Switzerland.  
The seminar was opened by Daniel Taddeo, SQS-IRIS Product Manager and followed by?Hubert Rizzi, SQS-Product Manager who presented the status of the ISO 9001:2015 and highlighted the objectives, approach and improvements of the new coming revision.    
Hans-Jörg Schürch, Business Excellence Manager, SBB AG and member of the IRIS Advisory board, gave to the participants a detailed overview about the supplier requirements from the SBB point of view. He reinforced the importance of IRIS and the support given by SBB to the certification.      
Angela de Heymer, IRIS Senior Manager, presented the current IRIS status, the last evolutions and the quality approach promoted by IRIS. She highlighted the coming improvements and the launch of the IRIS Addendum in June 2015. Furthermore she gave the vision for the IRIS Revision 3.0 and the link to the upcoming ISO 9001:2015        
At the end of the seminar, the participants had the opportunity to visit the ABB Switzerland AG facilities, especially the assembly area and the test laboratory.        
     
   
 

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19DEC2014

Quality Austria: the 15th IRIS’ certification Body

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On December 15th, the Certification Body Framework Agreement between Quality Austria and UNIFE has been signed between Konrad Scheiber, CEO of Quality Austria and Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager. Therefore, Quality Austria officially becomes the 15th Certification Body, delivering the IRIS certification.

Quality Austria is the leader for system certification in Austria and will focus their activities in countries where they are already widely introduced such as Eastern Europe and Russia.

We believe that this cooperation will help IRIS to further develop the system.

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15DEC2014

Mark Manley elected Chairman of IRIS SteeCo and IAB

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During the IRIS Steering Committee, the committee members confirmed the election of Mark Manley, Vice President Quality from Bombardier Transportation as Chairman of the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) Steering Committee (SteeCo). Mr. Manley was also selected as the next Chairman of the IRIS Advisory Board (IAB), replacing Hubert de Blay.
Mark Manley will continue to work on developing IRIS in the future and on its recognition worldwide.
For further information, please visit the UNIFE website.

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01OCT2014

6th edition of the IRIS Newsletter – September 2014

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IMC (IRIS Management Centre) is pleased to present you the 6th edition of ‘The Quality Rail Journal’. Published on time for the international trade fair InnoTrans in Berlin, the newsletter is focusing on quality culture in Germany.   The German Railway Industry Association (VDB), Deutsche Bahn AG, WEILBURGER Coatings, DQS, ZF Friedrichshafen AG…the testimony of all these companies or associations, involved in different way in the rail sector, give us a an interesting overview of the German market regarding quality culture and IRIS certification.  

Download the 6th IRIS newsletter  
Enjoy the read!    

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01OCT2014

Overview of IRIS at InnoTrans 2014

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From 23 to 26 September 2014 in Berlin, IRIS participated to the tenth edition of the international trade fair InnoTrans, which opened its doors to 138,872 trade visitors worldwide.

The tenth edition of the international trade fair InnoTrans gathered 2,758 exhibitors and was attended by 138,872 trade visitors worldwide. InnoTrans is unquestionably the most important trade fair event in term of industry’s product exhibition.

For the fourth time, IRIS Management Centre participated to the fair, on the UNIFE stand, welcoming visitors at the IRIS booth. During these four days event, IRIS talk sessions have been organised, opened to all visitors.

During the first session, on Tuesday, Philippe Citroën, UNIFE Director-General, Hubert de Blay, IRIS Chairman - Alstom Transport and Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, presented the last IRIS status and highlighted the added value of IRIS for all the rail sector.
Link to presentation in pdf

On Wednesday, Philippe Citroën welcomed Valentin Gapanovic, RZD Vice-president and Andrea Mihalova, Bureau Veritas (IRIS certification body) and presented IRIS worldwide development with a focus on Russia.
Link to presentation in pdf

During the last session, on Thursday, Bernard Kaufmann and Angela de Heymer, IRIS Senior Manager, received Axel Schuppe, VDB General Manager to present the future evolutions of IRIS.
Link to presentation in pdf

For IRIS Management Centre, this tenth edition was a real success, with a significant audience to the IRIS sessions, a lot of questions from visitors and the interest of several companies in becoming IRIS member, looking to obtain the certification later on.

Thank you for your visit and interest. We look forward seeing you again in two years for the InnoTrans 2016.

The IRIS Management Centre.

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21SEP2014

IRIS at InnoTrans 2014 in Berlin

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IRIS Management Centre cordially invites all interested parties to attend the following
IRIS presentations/discussions during InnoTrans 2014, at the UNIFE stand in Hall 4.2, Stand 302 from 23-26 September in Berlin, Germany:

Tuesday September 23rd:
12:30 to 13:00
Topic: IRIS Status, Strategy & Added Value

Wednesday September 24rd:
15:30 to 16:00
Topic: IRIS Worldwide Development with a focus on Russia

Thursday September 25th:
10:30 to 11:00
Topic: IRIS future evolutions



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14JUL2014

IRIS at APTA conference

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In the frame of the signature of MoU with the American Public Transport Association (APTA), a UNIFE delegation was present at the annual conference held in June this year in Montréal.

During this five days event which gathered more than one thousand members of the American rail area, we had several occasions to focus on IRIS. First, Philippe Citroën, UNIFE Director-General and Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager presented the updated status in the frame of the Rolling Stock Engineering Committee. Later on during the Standard, Research & Innovation session, a broad presentation was made by Mr. Kaufmann to explain the triggers, targets and achievements.

The APTA conference gave the occasion to IMC to highlight IRIS certification in order to make it more known in Americas and to work in developing the implementation of the scheme there. This conference brought an opportunity to discuss with the APTA Management team as well, about further development in the Americas. 

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25JUN2014

IRIS awards its 1000th certificate

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From the left side:Ms. Gabriele Feder (Lead-Auditor IRIS for the Brasov audit. TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH);Mr. Peter Mühlbauer (Managing Director. TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH);Mr. Dr. Michael Holzapfel (Director Sector Management Rail. Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG);Mr. Alexander Rathiens (Co-Auditor IRIS for the Brasov audit and product compliance manager for IRIS in TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH)

8 years after IRIS’ creation, IMC (IRIS Management Centre) is pleased to announce the award of the 1000th IRIS certificate. This is a significant milestone for the IRIS certification. With 1000 companies now having undergone the IRIS certification process worldwide, the standard has become an international seal of quality, increasingly recognised by rail operators and producers alike.

TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH, after a successful audit at Brasov (Romania) plant, issued the 1000th IRIS certificate, to the S.C. Schäffler Romania S.R.L.

Alexander Rathiens, IRIS Product Compliance Manager at TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH, comments the handover of this particular IRIS certificate.

Traffic volumes are increasing all the time, so the railway sector is becoming more and more important worldwide. Rail transport has to be made faster, safer, and more comfortable both today and in the future. And to fulfill these increasingly high customer demands at all times, we need reliable and innovative technology.

In order to safeguard the production of this technology, business partners such as Siemens, Alstom, Bombardier, and Schaeffler agree on uniform quality assurance standards. The IRIS standard allows the safeguarding, continuous further development, and monitoring of the management and production systems to take place.

Schaeffler itself, a global automotive and industrial supplier with around 79,000 employees, holds the IRIS certification at 4 of its locations. TÜV SÜD, a certification body commissioned by the UNIFE, monitors the adherence to this standard by companies including Schaeffler, and particularly at Schaeffler's plant in Brasov (Romania), where special cylindrical roller bearings for railway applications are manufactured.

The Brasov location successfully passed the initial certification in January this year, and after closing several corrective actions got officially the 1000th IRIS certificate. The certificate was presented on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the offices of TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH in Munich. This success was made possible by targeted efforts at the location and the cross-plant cooperation between Brasov, the company’s headquarters in Herzogenaurach, and its Railway Sector Management in Schweinfurt.”

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17JUN2014

IRIS news during the UNIFE General Assembly in London

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After being 8 years in application, we could celebrate recently the 1000th IRIS certificate which let us step in a new dimensions...

It was also the time to launch a new language in electronic version, the Polish one, which is expected by the local industry to help them for a quicker development of the Quality systems in Poland. 
IMC is pleased to publish the 5th edition of the Rail Quality Journal. This issue is dedicated to the UK market in the frame of the UNIFE General Assembly held in London last week. In the newsletter, you will find articles from Nedtrain, Bombardier, Bureau Veritas along with the standard topics. We are sure that this new edition will help you to complete your Quality knowledge linked to the IRIS scheme; in case of questions or specific interest, do not hesitate to contact us at info@iris-rail.org. 
The 5th newsletter is as usual available in printed version at the UNIFE office or can be downloaded on the IRIS Portal: www.iris-rail.org--> download area on the FOOTER of the homepage. Enjoy this new issue!


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05FEB2014

A seminar on IRIS Certification by MAFEX, in Spain  (2)

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On February 4th, 2014, was held an IRIS Seminar in Madrid. Organised by MAFEX, Spanish Railway Association, and Cetren, this seminar gathered around 25 representatives of the local rail companies. Currently 40 companies have been awarded with the IRIS certificate and three others are in a preparation phase. The seminar was opened by Fernando Prieto, MAFEX International Trade Advisor, who welcomed the participants, introduced the activities of MAFEX and the agenda of the day. Angela de Heymer, IRIS Technical Manager, presented the IRIS status, the last and current evolutions and the quality approach promoted by IRIS. She highlighted the important commitments signed by the UNIFE Presiding Board and also explained the progress of several topical working groups (problem solving, special processes, …).Javier Fuentes, Quality Manager – CAF and IRIS Steering Committee member, focused on the evolutions in the rail sector: organizations, standards and as result IRIS. He pointed out the benefits of IRIS implementation from the System Integrator point of view and the application of the UNIFE commitment for the supply chain and the respective consequences for the suppliers for not compliance.Lorena Gómez, Quality Manager – Kelox, rail company IRIS certified since 2011, shared the experience by the IRIS implementation and the following years. She pointed out the IRIS benefits during the daily project work and the communication within the company. Being exposed still to frequent customer audits, by having IRIS, she is more confidence in the results and the company processes, which is also perceived by the customers. At the end of the seminar the participants had the opportunity to ask questions and shared their opinions with the speakers.

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30JAN2014

A seminar on IRIS Certification by MAFEX, in Spain

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MAFEX, Spanish Railway Association is organizing a seminar on IRIS Certification on February, 4th 2014 in Madrid, Spain. IRIS will be represented by Mrs. Angela de Heymer, IRIS Technical Manager and Javier Fuentes, IRIS Steering Committee Member and Responsible for Quality Management Systems, CAF. The IRIS seminar will consist on an update of the IRIS status, the way forward and sharing the experience and benefits of IRIS.  

Please click below for downloading the MAFEX Seminar program.  


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24JAN2014

Results of the IRIS Communication survey

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We are pleased to present you the IRIS Communication Survey, giving the main results of the questionnaire “Your assessment on IRIS Communication” sent last summer to all IRIS stakeholders, on July 22nd 2013. 387 people have filled in the questionnaire, whether more than 20% of IRIS stakeholders. IRIS Management Centre (IMC) warmly thanks all the people having taken the time to answer this questionnaire. We retain from this survey a general satisfaction from the stakeholders of IRIS communication. However, all further comments, suggestions or critics made about IRIS communication tools and materials will help IMC to improve its global IRIS communication strategy. Enjoy the reading of this survey and do not hesitate to contact us for any comments or question.

Please click below to download the IRIS Communication Survey:


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22JAN2014

IRIS Conference in Kiev

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On January 21st, 2014, was held a conference called “New approaches to quality standards in the railway industry” in Kiev. Organised by the ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, this conference gathered 50 heads of the local rail industry companies. The conference was opened by the Infrastructure deputy minister Vladimir Kornienko, who welcomed the push to improve both the organization of the companies and the Quality of the products. The conference was conducted by Nikolay Gorbakha, Director of the transport safety department within the Infrastructure ministry. He insisted that Quality shall also enhance safety in the rail sector. The close cooperation with the Russian rail sector as well as the specificities of the Ukrainian were mentioned.Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, presented the IRIS status, the last & current evolutions and the quality approach promoted by IRIS. Following the presentation, a discussion was initiated on the need of recognition from  the authorities based on the international standards and the local economic area market needs. Further talks will have to be organised to set the necessary steps. Mr. Roman Mytsko, Director of Dniepropetrovsk Certification Authority of Railway Transport (DOSZT), pointed out the responsibility of each party for the success of the IRIS scheme in Ukraine. As co-organiser of the conference, TÜV Sud, represented by Mr. Alexander Rathiens, IRIS Compliance Manager and Mr. Michael Levitzkij, CEO of TMS, the local partner of TÜV Sud and former IRIS auditor, presented their approach on IRIS, on an internal organization point of view followed by the focus to be put on important elements of IRIS. Finally, several guests speakers analysed other aspects of the implementation of IRIS.

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06DEC2013

4th issue of the IRIS Newsletter – December 2013

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We are pleased to present you the 4th edition of the Rail Quality Journal. This new issue respects the format of the previous ones so you could find the famous sections IRIS News, Welcome on Board, From the Mailbag, Employee Profile, Quick Introduction and Tasty Figures. With 20 pages in total, this news issue of the newsletter contains many new topics. First of all, for the second time, IMC has decided to dedicate a page to a company expressing its experience with IRIS at a daily business. In this 4th issue, the word has been given to Harald Kilian, Sales Manager and Hans-Joachim Kruss, Head of Quality Management, at Bode Kassel. Furthermore, for the first time, this issue proposes the following sections: How IRIS gets new members, with the view of Jürgen Krista, Global Quality Manager at Amphenol, on IRIS; Certification Body’s point of view, by Cristina Bianchi, from RINA; Focus on Office & Witness Audit; Auditor training; Commitment for the supply chain; Focus on IMC Communication Study; IRIS products and IRIS Dictionary. IMC is sure that this new edition fits to your expectation and welcomes any contribution to a next issue, making a testimony or being interviewed for one of our sections; if you’re interested do not hesitate to contact us at info@iris-rail.org. The 4th newsletter is as usual available in printed version at the UNIFE office or can be downloaded on the IRIS Portal: www.iris-rail.org --> download area on the FOOTER of the homepage. Enjoy this new issue!


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20NOV2013

DQS Forum IRIS in Munich

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The yearly DQS Forum IRIS took place on November 7th, 2013 in Munich at DB Systemtechnik GmbH. The Forum gathered around 30 attendees from different rail companies, who saw different presentations and could discuss and exchange about IRIS and safety requirements.

Hans Jahn, DQSProduct Manager, Rail and Transportation and moderator of the Forum, explained the key requirements from the current IRIS version and the link to the coming ISO 9001 version.
Angela de Heymer, IRIS Technical Manager, presented the last information from IRIS and gave an update on the important commitments signed by the UNIFE Presiding Board and also explained the progress of several topical working groups (problem solving, special processes, …).
Dr. Thomas Erpenbeck, Head of Homologation Management, test centre and expert organization of the hosting site, gave an overview on the legal requirements for products approval and also the requirements for operation and homologation. In the frame of the Forum, the 100th IRIS Certificate issued by DQS was handed over to the company Nomad Digital GmbH.
Mr. Bernd Opitz, Quality Manager, received the IRIS Certificate and reported about his experience over the last months and confirmed that the IRIS Certificate requirement came originally from a system integrator, in order for the company to be maintained in its supplier panel. Finally, the participants have the opportunity to visit the DB Systemtechnik GmbH facilities.

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26SEP2013

IRIS Seminar in Gdansk Exhibition Center, Poland

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As an introduction to the Tracko fair held this week at Gdansk Exhibition Center, SIRTS, the Polish rail industry association, organized a conference dedicated to the different certifications necessary in the rail sector. Among product certifications and sub-systems certifications linked to European directives, it was the time to make a status on the development of IRIS in Poland.

Currently 43 companies have been awarded with the IRIS certificate and 10 others are in a preparation phase. One of the major issue for the further development is linked to the language.
Therefore, SIRTS and UNIFE worked jointly to finalize an official IRIS Rev 02.1 version of the booklet in polish. Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, was proud to present the finalized document and announced the availability for purchase at the official distributors very soon. This is a clear incentive for the local industry to improve its efficiency and highlight the commitment to deserve the expected Quality to its customers. The conference gathered ~70 attendees who saw the presentation showing the current status of all activities related to IRIS. Marek Pawlik,from the Institute Kolejnictwa, gave some hints to the audience how to implement the requirements in the organizations.

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25SEP2013

IRIS Booklet Rev. 02.1 in Russian launched

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During the IRIS Advisory Board (IAB) workshop in Shcherbinka, the electronic version of the IRIS Booklet Rev. 02.1 in Russian was launched.

The IRIS Booklet Rev. 02.1 in Russian, as the other available languages, can be purchased exclusively by our distributors (AFNOR BOUTIQUE, BEUTH VERLAG and STANDARTINFORM).
The links to their website are also shown in the Shop area - Booklets - of the IRIS Portal www.iris-rail.org

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20SEP2013

IRIS workshop on first achievements

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During the Expo 1520 in Moscow, the IMC (IRIS Management Centre) jointly with the NP-UIRE (Russian Union of Industries of Railway Equipment), organized an IRIS Advisory Board dedicated to a deep analysis on the first achievements with IRIS in the region.

Valentin Gapanovich, NP-UIRE Chairman introduced the meeting by confirming the main achievements and by highlighting some important aspects of the IRIS certification in Russia.
He stressed that:
IRIS must remain a demanding and rigorous Standard,
IRIS Implementation is a guarantee of being able to deliver good quality products,
In the selection process, a preference has to be given to IRIS certified suppliers,
RZD (Russian Railways) will develop incentives for IRIS certified companies,
Major suppliers will have to be IRIS certified by 2015 (confirmation of a previous statement).
The workshop was composed by three testimonies:
Oleg Senkovskyi, First deputy head of the Centre for technical audit at RZD, presented the first feedbacks from the operators view,
Daria Panteleeva, Deputy Head of Business Development at Zeldorremmash, showed the main elements implemented in the 12 sites of the company where most are currently certified and shared their challenges during the implementation processes,
Ekaterina Bochkareva, IRIS Product Manager at Russian Register, shared the experience of their first audits and reinforced the key role of having qualified IRIS auditors with rail experience in the scheme.
A round table discussion between the IAB members highlighted some specific. The participants had the opportunity to exchange experienced on audits and IRIS implementation.
Interesting points were noted as potential improvement for the scheme.

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19SEP2013

IRIS seminar in Poland

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In the frame of the 10th edition of the TRAKO International Railway Fair, SIRT (Association for Rail Transport, Interoperability and Development) is organizing a seminar on Monday 23rd September 2013, from 13:00 – 18:00 in Gdansk, Poland. For more details please see the attached program.

IRIS, represented by Mr. Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, will be a central part of the session related to certification of sub-system and products.
TRAKO is the largest and most prestigious rail industry meeting in Poland and one of the largest in Central and Eastern Europe. The Fair takes place every two years.
For more info, please visit www.sirts.pl or www.trackofair.com


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19SEP2013

IRIS at EXPO 1520 in Moscow

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The 4th edition of the 1520 area fair was held mid of September at the Shcherbinka stage close to the RZD tests track in the suburbs of Moscow. During this major event for the rail sector of the large gauge zone, it was the time for several highlights around IRIS.?

First, 15 IRIS certificates were handover to the related company heads by the local representative of the Certification Bodies. Valentin Gapanovich, RZD Vice-President and NP-UIRE Chairman and Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager chaired the ceremony. In the following conference, a session was dedicated to globalization of rail engineering, where Bernard Kaufmann could present the latest evolution in the scheme as well as show the status and expectation for the local market.?
Finally, he presented the new Russian version of the IRIS Rev 02.1 booklet which will be soon available for the stakeholders. IRIS is well recognized in this area and the future development looks very positive as the operator RZD is having high expectations in Quality improvements.

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21JUN2013

IRIS Newsletter, third issue – June 2013

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One year ago, IRIS was publishing his first newsletter “The Quality Rail Journal” and today, we propose you to discover the third issue. This new issue respects the format of the previous ones so you could find the famous sections IRIS News, Welcome on Board, Customer Profile, From the mailbag and many more, with new facts and information. However, for the first time, this issue contains 4 extra pages. Indeed, the IMC found it important to add new sections as: IRIS at a daily business; Booklet’s electronic version; Focus on Working Groups and an article on the Evolution of the IRIS software platform. Furthermore, we dedicated a Customer Profile on Andreas Ripsam, Managing Director of Dürr Technik GmbH & Co. KG., wherein he reveals his views on IRIS benefits.
Moreover, for our new section IRIS at a daily business, Reinhard Auer-Knöbl from Siemens AG, gives his opinion on quality management and of the essential role of IRIS in it.
Everyone who would like to contribute to our next newsletter, make a testimony or being interviewed for our Customer Profile on any other new section, is welcome and should contact us at info@iris-rail.org.
Enjoy this new issue!


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03JUN2013

Changes in IRIS IT system

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IRIS has made deep changes in its IT system.
The functionalities of the IRIS Portal are unchanged unless that you have now to dial +32 2 880 79 49 from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:30 (CET) to reach the support helpdesk.
We hope that you will continue to enjoy visiting us.

The IRIS Management Centre

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25APR2013

IRIS and special processes

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On April 10th, 2013, IMC organized a working session dedicated to the special processes. With this occasion, the IRIS General Manager, Bernard Kaufmann has presented the current situation in the rail sector linked especially to the IRIS requirements.

Our guest, the General Director of PRI, Mr. Joe Pinto presented to the UNIFE interested parties on how the NADCAP (the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) initiative works, what they have achieved since 20 years in the Aerospace industry and recently with GE Transportation, presenting the benefits of an Industry Managed Program in special processes for the rail industry. The NADCAP initiative is commonly assessed as a high level tool on this subject deployed in mature organizations. The outputs of this session will be analyzed in the frame of the IRIS Working groups to elaborate potential further steps to secure this important aspect of the companies’ processes.

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04APR2013

IRIS implementation in progress in Russia

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End of March 2013, took place in Moscow, the 7th Awareness session on IRIS dedicated to the Quality Directors of the NP-UIRE association members. Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager gave the keys for a sustainable organization to 12 specialists who can now develop the scheme internally and strive for an IRIS certification


After the session, he could measure the progress since the first one in 2009, during an award ceremony organized at the headquarter of  JSC Zeldorremmash on March 28th, 2013. This company has 10 plants specialized in locomotive maintenance and has just achieved the first IRIS Certification in its Rostov-on-Don plant. In presence of several representatives of the assessing certification body, AFNOR Certification, he handover the seal of conformity of the rail sector Quality label to the general director of the company. He stressed on the targets of IRIS and abet the company to confirm the success throughout the visible improvement of the product quality and the customer satisfaction. Representatives of RZD, the Russian operator, confirmed these expectations and pushed Zeldorremmash to continue the deployment in its other plants to reach the objectives set by the top management of RZD.

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03APR2013

IRIS development requires more assessors

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The IRIS Management Centre has held the first official IRIS Auditor Training in 2013. The full training and examination sessions have been held from Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th of March 2013 in Brussels. All the trainees have successfully passed the steps which shows the competence of the candidates both in rail industry and management system experience. According the forecasts of development this year, more auditors will be needed, therefore other IRIS Auditor Trainings will be held end of June and October 2013. IMC invests a lot of energy into the development of the skills of the assessors. It is a key element for the confidence and the recognition of IRIS in the rail sector.

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04MAR2013

IRIS ADVISORY BOARD MEETS AT UNIFE

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From left to right: A.Vinogradov (RZD), M. Andurand (RATP), B. Kaufmann (IRIS), H. Lemarechal (ASTS), Hubert de Blay (AT), Ph. Crauste (BT), A.de Heymer (IRIS), D. Foster (Invensys), K. Hajredini (IRIS), T. Luxenhofer (KB), H. Illmer (SM), M. Nilsson (Faiveley), H. van Mulekom (NedTrain), E. Daban-Haurou (SNCF), M. Schmid (Voith), H. Steinbrecher (Thalès), M. Schaub-Crouan (IRIS).

Philippe Citröen (UNIFE Director General), Hubert de Blay (IRIS Chairman) and Bernard Kaufmann (IRIS General Manager) welcomed the Industry and Operators Quality Directors to an IRIS Advisory Board (IAB) dedicated on the future of IRIS. Moreover a stronger involvement of the IAB members in IRIS was discussed.

As an example, Hans van Mulekom (NedTrain) shared with the audience, their internal approach of the integration of the IRIS in their supplier qualification process as well as the internal experience by the application of the IRIS requirements in a maintenance site.

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28FEB2013

InnoTrans 2012: IRIS met the worldwide rail sector.

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After a 2008 fair focused on discovery, 2010 dedicated to the development, this edition of InnoTrans was the time of exchange of experience and the starting point of next steps.

A lot of current stakeholders of IRIS – auditors, certified companies, Certification Bodies and operators – passed by our stand to discuss about status, achievements, last changes and improvement areas.
On another hand, many newcomers in the rail business needed advice, ideas and took our factsheets in order to analyze furthermore the future implementation of IRIS. Also this year, we organized daily discussion sessions.
During the first session, Philippe Citroën, Director-General of UNIFE, Hubert de Blay, IRIS Chairman and Bernard Kaufmann IRIS General Manager highlighted the status and the challenges of IRIS as well as the new electronic versions of the IRIS standard: IRIS Revision 02.1.
On Wednesday, Hubert de Blay and Angela de Heymer, IRIS Technical Manager presented the perspectives of IRIS for the industry in presence of an attentive and numerous audience.
Finally, during the Thursday session, Bernard Kaufmann advocated the necessity of a high Quality level in the rail sector and George Jacob from BFG shared their experience in the IRIS development of an internationally established company.
The IRIS Management Centre distributed at the occasion of the Berlin event its 2ndedition? of the Quality Journal as well as an updated version of the IRIS factsheets.
Indeed, InnoTrans 2012 was an excellent time for IRIS and it was obviously visible, as a huge amount of certified companies? present at the fair, showed proudly the IRIS logo at their stand.
We look forward consolidating our fruitful contacts and are committed into the continuous improvement of the rail sector.
The IRIS Management Centre.


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01OCT2012

IRIS Revision 02.1 available for purchase

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As it was announced during the official launch during InnoTrans 2012 (see news of Sept. 18th), the IRIS Management Centre confirms the distribution of the electronic versions of the IRIS booklet.

From October 2nd, 2012 on, all interested stakeholders and more largely rail sector involved people are able to get the new IRIS Revision 02.1 in following languages:
•English 
•French 
•Italian 
Other languages such as German, Russian, Polish will follow in the next weeks. The purchase of the pdf documents is exclusively to be done at our distributor’s webshops. 
As of tomorrow, the site www.boutique.afnor.org will be activated. 
In a few days, the german company Beuth Verlag will also be able to distribute it. Other distributors may follow. 
The links to their website are also shown in the Shop area - Booklets - of the IRIS Portal www.iris-rail.org as far they are active. 
Enjoy reading this document which contains all evolutions of the last three years as well as the ISO 9001:2008 texts.
The IRIS Management Centre

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18SEP2012

Launch of the electronic version of the IRIS booklet at InnoTrans 2012

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The worldwide rail event in Berlin was the momentum of an important evolution in the IRIS scheme. As it was highlighted by Philippe Citroën, Director-General of UNIFE, “a new step forward has been achieved today”. Hubert de Blay, IRIS Chairman, confirmed the importance of the IRIS target: improve the Quality in the rail sector with strong tools. As it was explained by Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, the new IRIS Revision 02.1 includes all published amendments and also the ISO 9001 requirements which better fulfill the needs of the rail sector companies. This standard will be distributed exclusively in electronic version from October 1st, 2012 on. The versions in English, French and Italian languages will be soon followed by German, Russian and Polish.

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14SEP2012

IRIS at InnoTrans 2012

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The IRIS Management Centre cordially invites all interested parties to attend the following IRIS presentations/discussions during InnoTrans 2012, at the UNIFE stand in Hall 4.2, Stand 103 from 18-21 September in Berlin, Germany:

Tuesday 18 September: + 16h15 - 17h00:
 * IRIS status update
 * Launch of the electronic versions of IRIS booklet 
 Wednesday 19 September: + 14h30 - 15h00: 
 * IRIS from an industry perspective 
 Thursday 20 September: + 11h00 – 12h00 : 
* IRIS from an operators perspective – International development

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16JUL2012

UIC Highspeed Congress 2012

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During the UIC Highspeed Congress 2012, which took place in Philadelphia (PA) USA, UNIFE/IRIS has organized an IRIS round table discussion among local stakeholders. 

Several presentations were made by Dan Liou for AFNOR (CB), Gary St Onge for Knorr-Brakes and Bruce Thomas for Wabtec. 

Philippe Citroën UNIFE Director-General introduced the discussions and Bernard Kaufmann IRIS General Manager presented the targets and status of the rail sector scheme. 

More and more companies are attracted by the IRIS Certification in this area and it was the opportunity to share the evolution with companies who stepped in for a while. The presentations are attached below.


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04JUL2012

IRIS round table at UIC HIGHSPEED Philadelphia

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From July 11th to 13th, 2012, the Rail World will meet in Philadelphia, PA, USA at the occasion of UIC Highspeed 2012 which combine a congress and a trade show. 
UNIFE and IRIS will be present at this major event. We will welcome you at our booth at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (n° 749), to discuss about the development and implementation of IRIS. Moreover, you’re invited on July 12th from 11am on, to attend to an IRIS round table discussion at our booth. You will be able to share experiences and targets with already certified companies and participate in the networking discussions. 
For more details, please see the program attached . 


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28JUN2012

IRIS hires a Technical Manager

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Since June 1st, 2012, the IRIS Management Centre is glad to count a new member.

Angela de Heymer joined the team in Brussels and will deal especially with all technical matters related to IRIS. You can reach her at angela.deheymer@unife.org

She will progressively step in her new role and be fully operational after the summer holidays.

We welcome her warmly in the team and wish her a lot of success in her new job.

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28JUN2012

International Seminar in Katowice, Poland - REVIEW

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On 24th of May an IRIS Seminar „Practice certification and operation of IRIS” took place in Katowice, Poland. The Seminar was organized by Department of Railway Engineering, Silesian University of Technology (SUT) and IMQ Certification Body Rep. Poland, gathering around 50 participants including specialist from the major railway companies in Poland, representatives of the Railway Transport Office in Poland and part of the IRIS Group management represented by Giuseppe Greco, IRIS Senior Manager.

After the welcome speech of Adam Manka, SUT, and Piotr Goldzinski, IMQ CSQ Rep. Poland, Giuseppe Greco presented the current state of implementation and operation of the IRIS standard in Europe and worldwide. During the discussion part of the seminar attendees raised many questions concerning IRIS requirements and got detailed answers from Giuseppe Greco.

Federico Colombi, the representative of IMQ/CSQ Italy Certification Body, explained the IMQ/CSQ Certification Body tasks in relation to IRIS certification.

Piotr Goldzinski, IMQ/CSQ Rep. Poland, presented differences standing out IRIS to ISO 9001 and a comparison of development path of ISO TS 16949 and AS 9100 to the current development of the IRIS standard.

The last panelist, Adam Manka, SUT, presented practical approach to the functioning of the RAMS/LCC standard IRIS as well as theory and practice of risk analysis in the railway industry.

During seminar it was presented and passed officially to Giuseppe Greco a polish translation of the IRIS Standard made by Department of Railway Engineering.

The seminar was closed with joint proposal raised to the IRIS group about the  extension of the IRIS requirements to the rail infrastructure products.

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21JUN2012

First IRIS awareness session in Québec

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Following the official launch of the IRIS scheme during the conference end of January 2012, the Mouvement Québecois de la Qualité (MQQ) organized a first session for quality managers of the province in Montréal on June 6th to 8th.

This session was held in French language, gathered 10 trainees and was performed by Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager. This intensive course permit to set clearly the frame of IRIS, the input brought by the rail standard as well as the targeted outputs.  

Other sessions will be needed to consistently develop the scheme in Canada and North America.

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21JUN2012

1520 Strategical Partnership, 7th Forum in Sochi

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This major event always organized in Sochi end of May, gave this year the opportunity to highlight the competence of UNIFE and IRIS.

First, during the official signature session, two documents were signed by Mr. Valentin Gapanovitch, Vice-president of Russian Railways: a MoU with Mr. Henri Poupart-Lafarge, chairman of the UNIFE Presiding Board about further cooperation in technical and standardization fields, and a protocol with Mr. Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, about the upgrade of the translation of the IRIS booklet with the objective to become an official language.

Second, during specialized sessions in the conference, we could present UNIFE and IRIS to this huge market linked to the 1520 gauge. Finally, the large audience present in Sochi permitted an intensive networking.

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21JUN2012

6th IRIS awareness session for the Russian quality managers

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From May 28th to 30th, NP-UIRE, the Russian rail association gathered in the Rizhskaya training centre in Moscow, 19 specialists for a new session of IRIS awareness performed by Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager.

The program of sessions, extended in 2011 by signing a supplemental agreement with NP-UIRE, is the key pillar for the implementation of the rail scheme in the local industry. A next session is planned by end of the year.

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21JUN2012

IRIS develops in Russia

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On May 24th and 25th, took place the seminar organized by Russian Register at the RZD – Russian railways technical office in St Petersburg. The event gathered around 100 attendees listening to the messages spread by the speakers. On the first day, Valentin Gapanovitch, Vice-president of RZD and Arkady Vladimirtsev, General Director of Russian Register opened the seminar by focusing on their respective roles: While Russian Register will have to confirm the level reached by the companies in their quality organisation, RZD stressed the need of an efficient implementation of IRIS within the industry. By celebrating the 175 anniversary of the Russian operator, Mr. Gapanovitch confirmed the good relationship with UNIFE and IRIS in particular. Thus, first improvements are perceived, he said.

Sergei Palkin, Vice-president of the Russian Association NP-UIRE, reminded that IRIS promotes the best practices of the rail sector. Therefore, he urged the companies to start their actions towards the IRIS certification.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, presented the advantages for companies in applying the IRIS requirements. He showed also the current achievements and gave some hints to start the scheme.

The second part of the seminar was focused on the technical implementation, complementarity with other schemes and reporting of outputs already measured in several fields.

It is absolutely evident that the Russian industry has already taken the train for improvements backed by their customers and the associations.


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30MAY2012

IRIS Newsletter - 1st issue - April 2012

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IRIS has released its first newsletter: ‘’The Quality Rail Journal.’’

From now on, The Quality Rail Journal will be published every 3 months and will touch upon many interesting topics. It is not only IRIS and quality news that will be addressed in this newsletter, the scope of this newsletter is very wide; ranging from interviews with interesting people, to a welcome to our new customers, customer testimonials, impressive railway figures, and more.

In particular, this very first edition contains some very interesting articles concerning many influential people in the rail sector.  The foreword is presented to you by Mr Philippe Citroën – Director General of UNIFE, the European Rail Industry, who will present his views on IRIS and quality management. The IRIS Management Centre will be shortly introduced to you, in order to get to know the people who manage the quality scheme a little better.

Furthermore, we conducted an interview with Mr Philippe Crauste, Vice President of Quality at Bombardier (and a former employee of Airbus), who reveals his views on quality management in the rail sector.

Moreover, the journal contains a detailed employee profile of Mr Bernard Kaufmann – IRIS General Manager, in which he shares his views on the rail sector in general and its quality issues in particular.

Besides the articles concerning these interesting people and their views on quality within the rail sector, the newsletter contains many more topics. IRIS welcomes everyone who would like to read about a wide range of topics concerning IRIS in specific and rail quality in general to have a look in The Quality Rail Journal.

The newsletter has been digitally distributed to stakeholders, is located in printed versions in the UNIFE office and can be found on the IRIS Portal, in the download area:

www.iris-rail.org --> download area on the FOOTER of the homepage

or click here to find it

The IRIS Management Centre has high hopes that stakeholders in the rail industry will value The Quality Rail Journal.

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14MAY2012

IRIS Management Centre welcomes a new IRIS Manager

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A few days ago, we had the pleasure to welcome a new member in our team: Kujtesa HAJREDINI.

We will let her introduce herself: “ I am very grateful for this opportunity and I will try to contribute as good as possible in the development of IRIS  in regard to my educational background and working experience.”

We are sure that she will help us to continue the development of IRIS and to be dedicated to all stakeholders.

Meanwhile, we would like to warmly thank Nevena Petrova for the almost five years spent with us and wish her all the best for her new projects.

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22MAY2012

International Seminar in Katowice, Poland

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An international seminar „ Practice certification and operation of IRIS standard in Poland and Europe” is organized by Silesian University of Technology in cooperation with IMQ Certification Body on 24th of May in Katowice, Poland.

Vice President of the Railway transport Office, IRIS Management Centre, Management Systems, Inspection and ICT Security – BU Director & CSQ Director, Head of Department of Railway Engineering, Transport Faculty of the Silesian University of Technology, as well as the representatives of the Polish rail industry organizations will take part at the seminar.

The aim of the seminar is to promote the implementation and certification of the IRIS standard as well presenting the significant aspects of the IRIS scheme.

During the seminar there will be time for open discussion.


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07MAY2012

IRIS International Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia

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An international conference “Improvement of quality and safety of
products supplied for railway industry needs. Innovation standard for
railway industry – IRIS” is organized by Russian Register on 24th and
25th of May in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

 

 

The representatives of national and regional authorities, IRIS Management
Centre, representatives of Russian Railways, Kazakh Railways, Ukraine Railways,
Belorus Railways, as well as the representatives of Russia and CIS countries
rail industry organizations will take part and make a report at the International
Conference.

 

 

The aim of the conference is to provide common understanding for the  the
common approach to the design and development of innovational management
methods for quality and safety improvement of the products supplied for
Railway Industry, to exchange approaches on the management issues of the
railway suppliers based on the IRIS scheme and practical  implementation
of Business Management Systems  in Russian railway engineering enterprises.

For more details please visit the web-site http://www.rusregister.ru/

 

 

 

 

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10FEB2012

IRIS launched officially in Québec.

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On January 31st, 2012, the “Mouvement Québécois de la Qualité” (MQQ),
on behalf of the Quebec Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation
and Exportation gathered around one hundred representatives of the
rail sector at the first IRIS conference in Boucherville close to
Montreal.



After the welcome speech of  Jacques La Rue, Regional Director of
Montérégie, and the introduction done by Jean-Marc Sauvé, Deputy
Minister, Hubert de Blay, IRIS Chairman, presented the history,
targets and the current status of IRIS.

A first focus was then made on the basics of IRIS by Bernard Kaufmann,
IRIS General Manager, followed by the confirmation of the strategies
in internal development and procurement policies of the representatives
of Bombardier Transportation – Peter Boels and
Alstom Transport – Hubert de Blay.

The central part of the conference was centered on a round table
discussion moderated by Claude Desbiens with:

•    Lisa Lavoie - Quality Manager of Axion Technologie,
•    Luc Fouquette – CEO of Vapor Rail,
•    Jean Major – Engineering Manager of Dellner Couplers,
•    Christel Carniel – Corporate Quality Manager of CEIT,
•    Jean-François Plante – Performance Manager of Bombardier
     Transportation North America,
•    Hubert de Blay – Product Training Director of Alstom Transport
•    Bernard Kaufmann – IRIS General Manager.

The panelist testified mainly about their IRIS implementation
experiences and positive feedbacks of certified companies.
During a Q/A session, the attendees raised many questions and
got detailed answers from the panelists.

In the afternoon, Bernard Kaufmann, explained the IRIS certification
process and its specificities, followed by the director of BNQ
who presented the certification body tasks for AFNOR certification group.

The last part was dedicated to the next steps and particularly the
awareness & training schemes which will be proposed by the MQQ
from March on.

The event was closed with last questions and some networking discussions
among all participants.

IRIS and MQQ will now work closely for the development of the scheme in
this area in order to give the opportunity to the companies to join the
list of certified companies soon.

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30JAN2012

The IRIS Audit-tool v4 has arrived!

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The new generation of the IRIS Audit-tool brings the evolution of this
software to the next level, by introducing some long-awaited features
developed specifically for companies: and much more.

Some of the most relevant changes are:

- A new but familiar interface;
- A section AUDIT PLAN, to schedule and monitor the activities of the audit (internal and 3rd party);
- A section LONG TERM PLANNING to manage internal audits in a 3 years audit cycle;
- New functions in the questionnaire (new columns, improved visibility of maturity levels, ...);
- Executive report: a report taylor made for the top level management;
- ...

Please visit the IRIS Portal to know more by clicking HERE.

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24JAN2012

Official launch of IRIS in North America.

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On January 31st, 2012, the Quebec Society of Quality (MQQ) and the Quebec Ministry
for economic development organize a conference centered on IRIS. The event is located
 in Boucherville, close to Montréal and will be held in French language. This will be the
opportunity to launch officially the implementation of the rail standard in a new area and
continent. IMC and other european stakeholders will be present in Montreal.

You’ll find more information in the attached document or on www.qualite.qc.ca

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21DEC2011

IRIS releases the Corrigendum 2:2012 and Advisories 8, 9 and 10.

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The IRIS TFI (Technical Forum for Improvement) has finalized 3 new advisories and the
corrigendum 2:2012, that have been approved during the last IAB meeting in London.

These advisories deals with:

•    N°8 - Documental Veto check;

•    N°9 - Audit time clarification;

•    N°10 - IRIS Certificate validity.

The Corrigendum 2:2012 contains corrections for the following languages:

-    English
-    French
-    German
-    Italian

These corrections are superseding the current version in the areas and clauses
where an error occurred and complete the Corrigendum 1:2010.
 
The advisories and the corrigendum are officially released and enter into force from
02/01/2012 on.

The advisories and the corrigendum are available for download in the download area
free of charge.

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21DEC2011

IRIS releases the Complaints Management Procedure Rev01

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The IRIS Group has released a new procedure to describe and manage the complaint-handling process,
which remains of fundamental importance for the rail sector to entrust the IRIS scheme.

This procedure applies to the IRIS Management Centre (IMC), to all IRIS Certification Bodies,
IRIS certified organizations and to all customers of IRIS certified companies.

The procedure includes a form to be mandatory used when raising a complaint towards an IRIS
Certified Organization Business Management System (BMS).

The procedure is available for download on the IRIS Portal in the DOWNLOAD AREA (link
on the FOOTER of the homepage www.iris-rail.org).

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08NOV2011

Rail and Aerospace industries share view on Quality

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End of October, the IAQG (International Aerospace Quality Group)
annual meetings took place in Bordeaux. Bernard Kaufmann,
IRIS General Manager, was invited to attend the 30th Council
meeting and presented briefly the rail scheme to the 120
delegates from the Aerospace Industry.
Since the launch of IRIS, we are working closely together
and benchmarking the evolutions of each industry in order
to adapt the requirements of our standards to the most
accurate for the related supply chain.
Another guest of the council, Dr Lohl from the European
Aerospace Safety Agency highlighted the fact of a decisive
reduction of the fatal accidents in Europe in the last
years and therefore confirmed the members the close link
between Quality and Safety: all efforts done in the
improvement of the Quality of the systems and the products
enhance the safety of the operation!
During the day, the status of each IAQG working group
was given and next targets set.
Xavier Sahut d’Izarn from Safran was elected new
President of the IAQG. He thanked all participants
for the contribution and promised to continue to push
the Aerospace industry in the way of continuous
improvement throughout the established AS 9100 system.
These efforts and achievements are seen as a model for
the rail sector and therefore we will continue to
push IRIS to get the same kind of improvements.

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28OCT2011

Russian Industry meets IRIS certified corporations

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After visiting AnsaldoBreda in 2010, Knorr-Bremse in Munich
hosted  the next benchmarking for the members of
the Russian rail association NP-UIRE .

 

This happened mid of October and 22 representatives of
Russian companies discovered how Knorr-Bremse has implemented
the IRIS requirements in its organization.
After the introduction focusing on the targets and reason
to go for an IRIS certification, Bernard Kaufmann,
IRIS General Manager, presented several specificities
of the rail sector standard which are key to
achieve customer requirements. Knorr-Bremse also showed
the application in the plant of these aspects,
highlighting the fact that a good preparation
and management is the solution for success.

The visitors enjoyed this working session as
it was expressed by Sergei Palkin, Vice-president
of the association and deputy director of RZD, the Russian rail operator.

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18OCT2011

Kazakhstan discovers IRIS

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On September 27th & 28th, the 13th "Quality management, innovations, management systems
certification” conference organized by Russian Register took place in Almaty (Kazakhstan).



Bernard Kaufmann, the IRIS General Manager, presented the IRIS scheme developed by the
rail sector, amongst generic discussions around quality in the industries including examples
from petroleum industry. The first day of the conference gathered around 250 people coming
also from other CIS states.
 
The second day was dedicated to more detailed presentations where the challenges and the
targets of the IRIS initiative were discussed.

Kazakhstan has already started several rail projects and the first metro line will be
unveiled in Almaty during next December.

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06OCT2011

Russian Register has been IRIS approved

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The Framework Agreement between Russian Register and UNIFE has been signed the 28th of September 2011

between Arkady Vladimirtsev, General Director of Russian Register and Bernard Kaufmann General

Manager of the IRIS Management Centre.




In order to be closer to its customer’s RR develops wide network of representation offices throughout

Russian Federation (more than 35 offices), the CIS and the Baltics, and far-abroad countries.

Head office is situated in St. Petersburg.

 

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20SEP2011

“Quality management, innovations, management systems certification”

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XIII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
“Quality management, innovations, management systems certification”

 

is organized on September 27th & 28th, 2011 at the Inter Continental Hotel
in ALMATY, Republic of Kazakhstan.

 

   

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, will attend and present
the IRIS scheme and status in two dedicated sessions.

   

For more details
please see the web-site http://rusregister.ru/kazah/eng/index.shtml.
The contact information is http://rusregister.ru/kazah/eng/contacts.shtml

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21OCT2011

PRE-ORDERING OF THE AUDIT-TOOL V4 IS NOW POSSIBLE!!!

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Dear Customer, we strongly suggest you to take profit from the promotion to welcome the launch of the next version of the Audit-tool !

The new generation of the IRIS Audit-tool brings the evolution of this software to the next level, by introducing some long-awaited features developed specifically for companies:

-     audit planning: possibility to make the IRIS audit plan, up to 3 years planning time, and monitor constantly the progress of the different processes audited;

 -     minimum audit days calculation: calculate the minimum IRIS audit days for your company in a few clicks;  

-     executive export: a new export dedicated to the top management, summarizing the key figures out from an IRIS audit;

-     a new interface: the new interface will be familiar to all users of Microsoft Office software;

-     and in addition: automatic spell checking, wizard for internal audits, auto-save function, questionnaire in line with the audit plan in one click, …

The new Audit-tool V4 will be launched by end of November 2011 (price 400€ without VAT).

Interested customers may already profit from following advantages, depending on their different situations (if you don't see the image, please go to the IRIS Portal, shop area Audit-tool here):




If you are interested in this promotion, please contact directly the IRIS Management Centre via email (info@iris-rail.org)


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04JUL2011

IRIS publishes a new advisory

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The IRIS TFI (Technical Forum for Improvement) has finalized a new advisory, that has been approved during the last IAB meeting in Rome.

This advisory deals with:

     
  • Re-audit mandatory to close re-opened CARs;
The advisory is officially released and enter into force from 01/08/2011 on.

The advisory is available for download in the download area.

The IRIS Management Centre

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24MAY2011

IRIS awards the 600th quality certificate!

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The IRIS certification, key to providing innovative and reliable rail products, took another
important step in becoming the universal rail quality standard by awarding its 600th certificate
in early May 2011.

With 600 companies now having completed the IRIS certification process worldwide,
the standard has become an international seal of quality recognised by rail operators
and producers alike.

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04MAY2011

IRIS and the 59th UITP World Congress and Exhibition

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The 59th World Congress and Exhibition of the International
Association of Public Transport (UITP) hosted by Roads and
Transport Authority (RTA) was held in Dubai from
April 10th to April 14th, 2011.

The first UITP World Congress and Exhibition held in the
MENA Region was attended by 2,000 delegates coming from 80 countries.
The exhibition (252 exhibitors from 37 countries, 30,000 m2)
was visited by 9,700 visitors.
Hubert de Blay, the IRIS Steering Committee and UITP
Industry Steering Committee Chairman gave the answer to the question
“How IRIS helps the supply chain” during his slot on the 3rd day of the Congress.
In his presentation he responded to the requests of the operators
to improve the quality and the equipment manufacturers’ demand
to rationalize the quantity of audits and requirements by explaining
why IRIS is the answer.
He presented the scheme outlining the main differences towards
ISO and drew the attention of the participants to the benefits IRIS can bring.
He stressed on the reduction of the costs together with the improved
product quality and supply chain efficiency which IRIS carries.
The limited but more valuable number of audits, the simplification
of the suppliers’ evaluation and approval, together with the easy access
to the suppliers’ accurate and reliable data are only a few
of the advantages which the IRIS certified companies enjoy.
The IRIS Chairman gave a quick overview of the status of IRIS
after 5 years of existence and concluded that quality and continuous improvement
is mandatory in the rail sector and IRIS is the must to achieve it.

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14APR2011

IRIS in Russia

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On 31 March 2011, a meeting of the IRIS Advisory Board took place in Moscow where Senior Vice-President of Russian Railways Valentin Gapanovich participated as a guest. He welcomed the support of IRIS in the RZD improvement program of the rail industry. The ISO Chairman, in his welcoming letter, confirms that the practical application of the requirements of IRIS promotes a higher quality and is a key success factor in the rail industry, designed for effective business management. He ensured that mastering the requirements of IRIS will provide a deep modernization of management to meet the needs of the Russian economy in railway transportation by creating a new rail technology based on innovative approaches and recognized methods of business management.



The Advisory Board Meeting focused on the outcome of the witness audit campaign 2010, as well as on the further development of IRIS.

Third Conference "IRIS - Quality, Innovation and Modernisation" was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Moscow on 1 April 2011.

The event was organized by Russia’s non-commercial Association of Railway Equipment Manufacturers, with support from Russian Railways, Siemens, the Union of Russian Engineering Companies and IRIS Management Centre.

The conference was attended by over 200 people from 130 companies and organizations, including representatives from Russian Railways, Russia’s legislative and executive authorities and the IRIS Advisory Board members,  as well as the heads of Russian and foreign railway engineering companies and representatives of the scientific and technical community.



During the conference the need to meet the requirements of the IRIS standard using accepted business management methods was discussed. Russian Railways has approved and is now implementing new policy guidelines in the strategic management of the quality of products used by the Company. The following are a set deadlines for bringing the company’s business management systems into compliance with IRIS:

•     2010-2011 - action plans must be drawn up in cooperation with manufacturers to implement IRIS standards at engineering companies,
•     2012-2014 - switching to IRIS standards and the main quality tools,
•     Starting in 2015, Russian Railways plans to complete the strategic management system for product quality and purchase the required railway equipment and components only from companies certified as being in compliance with IRIS.

Russian Railways will also be giving priority to suppliers certified as being in compliance with the IRIS standard when purchasing railway equipment from May 2011.



 
The IRIS Management Centre

 

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12APR2011

Review: IRIS awareness training in Russia

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During the last week of March, the IRIS Management Centre performed an IRIS awareness training in Moscow under the frame of NP-UIRE, the Russian Association for Rail Industry. 28 specialists, selected amongst the members of the association, attended this 4th awareness training. Bernard Kaufmann (IRIS General Manager) and Giuseppe Greco  (IRIS Senior Manager) explained the IRIS system and its requirements, including the latest evolutions of the Standard, the Advisories and the Corrigendum 1:2010. This two-and- a- half- day training, done in simultaneous translation, concluded with a self check questionnaire to allow the participants to assess their understanding. This action is linked to an agreement with NP-UIRE and RZD, the Russian rail operator, in order to support the necessary plan to improve the organization of the Russian supply chain and ultimately the quality of the rail products. Three sessions were already held in July 2009, November 2009 and March 2010, and more sessions will be organized in future thanks to the recent confirmation of the collaboration agreement between UNIFE and NP-UIRE. The Russian market benefits now of a panel of 90 specialists trained who are working in their companies on the improvement process. RZD has set a target for their suppliers to be IRIS certified up to 2015.

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09MAR2011

IRIS in Russia

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3rd International IRIS Conference
IRIS – quality, innovation, modernization

 


On April 1st, 2011 at “Rennaisance” hotel in  Moscow (Olympiisky prospect 18/1),
the 3rd IRIS Conference will be held, organized by NP “UIRE” with the support of
Russian Railways (RZD) and the UNION of the Russian manufacturers.
It will be the time to face the progress of IRIS in Russia.

 

Key subjects of the Conference:

 

 - IRIS – new stage in the cooperation between RZD and the
local railway companies
 - IRIS – a tool for quality improvement
 - IRIS – experience during the implementation of the IRIS requirements
in the Russian railway companies
 - IRIS – key stages in implementation and practical recommendations.

 

The Conference will gather officials from the Russian Federation, Head of the
Russsian Railways, representatives from the local railway companies as well
as the IRIS Advisory Board members.

For additional information, please contact NP UIRE at +7 (499) 262-27-73
or IRIS Management Centre at 0032 2 642 23 26, nevena.petrova@unife.org

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11JAN2011

IRIS in the Italian magazine Qualità

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Here you can find an article about IRIS written by Mr. Serra (IRIS Auditor) and published by the Italian magazine QUALITA'.

The IRIS Management Centre


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15NOV2010

TÜV NORD seminar in Hannover

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TÜV Nord, an IRIS approved certification body, organizes a discussion forum dedicated to the Rail Sector and especially to IRIS on Friday November 26th, 2010 in Hannover.

If you are interested to participate, please find more information in the flyer available here and contact directly Kay Jürgensen at kjuergensen@tuev-nord.de or Silke Liehr at sliehr@tuev-nord.de.

The IRIS Management Centre



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24NOV2010

The new Audit-tool version 3.2 is available.

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The Audit-tool update V 3.2 has been just released.

It includes following improvements:

     
  1. - Questionnaire aligned with Corrigendum 1:2010
  2.  
  3. - Fixed a bug in the Document status view.
  4.  
  5. - IRIS scopes are preselected when creating a Reaudit or Surveillance audit.
  6.  
  7. - Fixed the position of the signature in the second page of the certificate.
  8.  
  9. - Added a possibility to choose the chapters when exporting the questionnaire.
  10.  
  11. - Updated Audit-tool help section.
  12.  
  13. - Removed NULL text from the questionnaire.
  14.  
  15. - Paint empty cells grey in the questionnaire export.
  16.  
  17. - Fixed Bug in PDF Export when questionnaire parts are excluded.
  18.  
  19. - Modified the title line in the CARs/IARs Excel export.
  20.  
  21. - Added a new section to manage “Site Extensions”
  22.  
  23. - Added the possibility to merge only results from “remote locations” in the merge function.
  24.  
  25. - Keep existing settings when upgrading to new version of the Audit-tool.
  26.  
  27. - Number of employees visible in the company information and in the report.
  28.  
  29. - Added a view to identify changed items compared to the previous audit.
  30.  
  31. - Added a view to identify the history of corrective and improvement actions.
  32.  
  33. - Added a notification when uploading a surveillance audit with different scopes.
  34.  
  35. - Add automatically the date for all findings.
  36.  
  37. - New filter function with “search” criteria.
  38.  
  39. - Fixed a bug with lost info about companies.
  40.  
  41. - Added a possibility to change the Current date in the certificate (This certificate was modified on...).
  42.  
  43. - Renamed the column “Findings” to “Findings/Evidences” in the Checklist.
  44.  
  45. - Fixed a bug in the activation dialog.

Update is MANDATORY for all  Audit-tool  Version 3  users.



The points in BOLD text are explained in detail in the PDF document available for download here.

In case of questions, we recommend using the internal HELP section of the software (completely revised and improved), available by doing "help --> help" on the Audit-tool title menu.

From 01/01/2011 the price per Audit-tool license will increase to 300 EURO to recover the costs we have incurred to develop the software.

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09FEB2012

IRIS Highlights at InnoTrans 2010

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The IRIS Management Center full heartedly thanks all certified companies that helped making the IRIS presence at InnoTrans 2010 such a great success.

In three presentations at the InnoTrans Speaker’s Corner, the UNIFE stand and in Hall 11.2, the IRIS message was promoted to a large audience at the biggest rail industry fair in the world. It was a particular pleasure on this occasion to award the IRIS certificate in person to the following companies:

• CEIT (France) – AFNOR
• ABB (Italy) – RINA
• BEKRO (Belgium) – SGS
• GVE (Germany) – DQS
• SUNVIAUTO (Portugal) – Bureau Veritas
• FUNKWERK (Germany) – Bureau Veritas
• KASPER (Germany) – TUEV Nord
• VOSSLOH (Spain) - LRQA

This and other highlights of IRIS at InnoTrans 2010 can be viewed in our video below.

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27OCT2010

IRIS at InnoTrans 2010

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IRIS Certification has been one of the protagonists of InnoTrans 2010.

More than fifty exhibitors proudly presented the IRIS logo, including market leaders such as Bombardier, Siemens, AnsaldoBreda, Knorr-Bremse, Harting and Voith.

The IRIS Management Centre organised an IRIS seminar on Tuesday 21/09, where IRIS Chairman Hubert de Blay and IRIS General Manager Bernard Kaufmann brought the audience up to speed on the aims and achievements of the initiative. The new IRIS Portal was launched and the five latest IRIS certificates were handed over on the same occasion.

Additionally, SUNVIAUTO, a rail seat producing company located in Portugal, was awarded with the 500th IRIS certificate - illumining once more the enormous speed by which IRIS certification is expanding globally.



On Wednesday 22/09 and Thursday 23/09 the IRIS Management Centre organised two further presentations on the UNIFE stand, this time involving testimonies from two IRIS certified companies who have profitably implemented the scheme and are now collecting the benefits: HaslerRail and Dellner Couplers.

They reported about tangible improvements against the cost of non-quality and the cost of warranty (the latter decreased by 50% after the implementation of IRIS) in front of an attentive audience, mostly composed of people who have spotted the IRIS logo in many stands at the fair and now were looking for further information.

The IRIS Management Centre was permanently present with an IRIS dedicated booth at the UNIFE stand, registering a strong increase of interest from InnoTrans visitors, in particular from North America and the Far East.
 

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01OCT2010

IRIS in EURAILmag

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EURAILmag has just published an article about IRIS written by the IRIS General Manager, Bernard Kaufmann.

The article is available for download on the IRIS Portal.

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29SEP2010

IRIS Forum in Frankfurt

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DQS, an IRIS approved certification body, organizes a forum dedicated to the Rail Sector and especially to IRIS on Wednesday October 13th in Frankfurt.

If you are interested to participate, please find more information attached or contact directly Hans Jahn at Hans.Jahn@dqs.de

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28SEP2010

Rail Industry Celebrates 500th IRIS Certificate at INNOTRANS 2010

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BRUSSELS, 23 SEPTEMBER 2010 – INNOTRANS 2010 witnessed with many IRIS certified exhibitors a double celebration as the Portuguese rail equipment producer SUNVIAUTO was awarded the 500th IRIS certificate. With the launch of the new IRIS portal, IRIS has taken another important step in its standing as the world’s most recognised rail specific quality certificate.

“The new IRIS portal is an excellent tool for all certified companies and exhaustive information source for companies that are seeking to be certified in the future”, stated Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager.

“IRIS continues to be a success story, and we are continuing to improve the quality in the rail sector” said Hubert de Blay, IRIS Chairman. “With the new improved portal, we are certain that this success story will be continued.”

After just four years of implementation, 500 companies completed the IRIS certification process worldwide, making IRIS an international seal of quality.

Under www.iris-rail.org you will find an interactive world application showing all certificates and the details of the certified companies. With the new, more user friendly layout you can access key information on the spot. It also contains a new and re-designed shop area for improved usability where you can find the IRIS booklet and the IRIS Audit tool.

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21SEP2010

The new IRIS Portal is there!!

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The new IRIS Portal has just been launched during INNOTRANS 2010 by the IRIS Steering Committee Chairman, Hubert de Blay.

Come and visit us at: www.iris-rail.org

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16SEP2010

IRIS @ INNOTRANS 2010

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The IRIS Management Centre cordially invites all interested parties to attend the IRIS presentations at the InnoTrans 2010 (Berlin, Germany), both at the UNIFE stand in Hall 4.2, Stand 120 and at the "Speaker's Corner" in Hall 14.2 - all from  21-24 September in Berlin:

Tuesday 21 September:
+ 15h00 - 16h00 / Speaker's corner:

    * IRIS status update
    * Launch of new IRIS Portal
    * Handover of 5 IRIS certificates

Wednesday 22 September:
+ 16h00 - 17h00 / UNIFE stand:

    * #Focus on:  IRIS' Product impact

Thursday 23 September:
+ 16h00 - 1700 / UNIFE stand:

    * Focus on: Added value through IRIS audits

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16SEP2010

IRIS seminar in Sofia

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On July 27th, 2010, RASTIA, the Bulgarian association member of UNIFE organized
a seminar dedicated to IRIS and they were glad to welcome around 30 people.

Bernard Kaufmann, the IRIS General Manager made a general presentation on the scheme.

He presented the objectives, the current situation, involvement of stakeholders,
the Rev.02 improvements and the next steps of the IRIS scheme.

Questions linked to the mandatory application of IRIS by the companies as well
as the advantage of application of IRIS at tier 2 level were raised.

In separate meetings, Mr. Kaufmann and Mr. Dourchev, RASTIA General Manager had the opportunity to meet also Deputy Director-General of the State Enterprise National Railway Infrastructure Company - Mr. Krumov and the Chairman of the Transport, Information Technologies and Communications Committee – Mr. Valkov where the possibility of implementing the IRIS requirements in the Bulgarian companies was discussed.

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09AUG2010

IRIS Conference in Moscow

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On 28th and 29th of July an IRIS Conference “New approach in quality standards in the strategy development of the railway companies” took place in Moscow. Organized by NP UIRE, it gathered more than 100 participants including specialists from the main railway companies in Russia, specialists from the Russian railway operator RZD and part of the management of the IRIS group in the face of the IRIS Chairman – Mr. de Blay and the IRIS General Manager – Mr. Kaufmann.

The conference was a stage of exchanging opinions and questions about the implementation of the IRIS requirements in the Russian companies between the IRIS management, IRIS auditors from one side and RZD with the Vice-President of RZD and President of NP UIRE – Mr. Gapanovich, members of the Association, representatives of private railway companies on the other.

Opinions on the practical implementation of the IRIS requirements on the first Russian certified company were given and the possibilities for the future certification of other Russian railway companies were explained.

The IRIS management made aware the audience of the history of IRIS, the current status, and the problems which may apply in the implementation of IRIS. Especially Mr. Kaufmann highlighted the most important processes to be implemented in order to assure sustainable improvements. 

Over the participants’ opinion of the Conference, IRIS will allow the railway companies to raise their business effectiveness, to improve the quality of their products, to change the current system of multiple audits. The IRIS scheme would be a powerful factor to increase the competitiveness of the Russian railway companies on the nowadays market.

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04AUG2010

IRIS publishes new advisories

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The IRIS TFI (Technical Forum for Improvement) has finalized 3 new advisories, that have been approved during the last IAB meeting in Istanbul.

These advisories deals with:

  • definition and application of SITE EXTENSION;
  • upgrading from other standard to IRIS Rev. 02;
  • IRIS scope coverage during readiness review and reaudit.
The advisories are officially released and enter into force from 01/07/2010 on.

The advisories are available for download in the download area.

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20MAY2010

IRIS publishes a corrigendum

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IMC has just launched the IRIS Rev. 02 / Corrigendum 1:2010 which informs about
corrections in the IRIS Rev.02 booklets.

This corrigendum contains corrections for the following languages:

-    English
-    French
-    German
-    Italian

These corrections are superseding the current version in the areas and clauses
where an error occurred.

 
To get the Corrigendum, you shall go to the download area on the IRIS Portal, no
login is required.
You can download the PDF document free of charge.

Please note that the Corrigendum will only be available in electronic form.

This Corrigendum is the result of the feedbacks collected in the past months
throughout IRIS working groups, and the online feedback system which allows
everybody to inform about errors and mistakes. This is a part of the continual
improvement system placed within IRIS. We encourage our customers to continue
using this tool, available in the IRIS Portal under “send feedback” (login is
required) and therefore to contribute to the excellence level of the IRIS standard.


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18MAY2010

Review: IRIS experience sharing session in Switzerland

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On May 11th, 2010, ABB and CC-Rail organized an IRIS Experience sharing session for Swiss
companies in the ABB’s IRIS certified site of Lenzburg.
Andreas Heinzmann CEO of CC-Rail presented some potential benefits reachable with an
accurate IRIS Rev.02 implementation.
Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, presented the current status of the scheme
and focused on the targets for the companies and the next steps for IRIS.

All other speakers shared their experiences in implementing the IRIS processes in their
organizations:

•    Susanne Schaub from CFF/SBB/FFS about the steps towards Excellence,
•    Lorenz Trachsel from Railtec Systems and André Hasler from CC-Rail about the
     preparation for a Rev.02 certification,
•    Antje Schmidt from ABB about the necessary steps to move from IRIS Rev. 00 to
      IRIS Rev. 02,
•    Markus Matter from EAO and Kay Jürgensen from TUV Nord about the synergies
     between IRIS and a TSI product certification,
•    Finally Peter Stauffer CEO of Hasler Rail explained how the company implemented
     a measurement system to capture all the Costs of Non-Quality with the experience of four
      years IRIS implementation.

After a visit of the new ABB semi-conductors plant, another part of the day was spent on
small workshops, dedicated to following topics linked to IRIS: KPIs, RAMs and IRIS processes.

This first session gathered 25 registrations and a decision for a second session in 2011
was taken.

During the discussions, it became obvious that:
•    IRIS is used and accepted as a tool for continual improvement in the Swiss Rail
industry as well as on operator level,
•    IRIS sets high level requirements and herewith increases the sector standards,
•    IRIS becomes more and more the state of art,
•    Synergies exists between IRIS system certification and product certifications.

Some interesting hints for improvement of the IRIS standard itself were given as well.

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05MAY2010

IRIS experience sharing session in Switzerland

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On May 11th, 2010, ABB Lenzburg will host an IRIS Seminar dedicated on the progress
and status of the rail certification scheme in Switzerland.

IRIS Management Centre will be a speaker as well as SBB, equipment manufacturers
(ABB, EAO) and certification bodies. 


If you’re interested please contact: reinhard.schlegel@ch.abb.com or andre.hasler@cc-rail.com

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24MAR2010

Review: IRIS awareness training in Russia

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Recently, the IRIS Management Centre performed an IRIS awareness training in Moscow
under the frame of NP-UIRE, the Russian Association for Rail Industry. 20 specialists,
selected amongst the members of the association, attended this 3rd awareness training.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, explained the IRIS system and its requirements.

The new Rev. 02 Russian booklet translation was presented during the session. This two-
and- a- half- day training, done in simultaneous translation, concluded with a self
check questionnaire to allow the participants to assess their understanding.

This action is linked to an agreement with NP-UIRE and RZD, the Russian rail operator,
in order to support the necessary plan to improve the organization of the Russian supply
chain and ultimately the quality of the rail products. Two other sessions were already
held in July and November 2009. The Russian market benefits now of a panel of 60 specialists
trained who are working in their companies on the improvement process.

RZD has set a target for their suppliers to be IRIS certified up to 2015. 


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15MAR2010

The Audit-tool V3.1 goes multilanguage!

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IMC has just launched the update V3.1 for the Audit-tool which will bring some nice add-on features, including the MULTI-LANGUAGE (EN, FR, GE, IT) questionnaire for all IRIS Rev. 02 audits.

To run the update, you shall:

- launch the former Audit-tool V3
- follow the instructions which appear on your screen OR click on help --> software update
- download the update file and install it

The Audit-tool V3.1 is currently under production, all new orders from now on will be referred to the new V3.1 release.

Other important improvements are:

- possibility to merge multiple findings during the merging phase,
- Advanced PDF questionnaire printing: by printing the questionnaire also the evidence and the scored ML are now shown.

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12MAR2010

IRIS Seminars organized by Dekra Certification

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The two IRIS seminars organized by DEKRA Certification in Cologne on February 25th  and Nurnberg on March 11th,gathered 50 attendees.

Several presentations overflew the Quality field of the rail sector.A lot of questions were raised to all speakers which showed the need of the seminars.
Some private operators participated in the sessions and, through questions, emphasized their needs and expectations around IRIS. 

As introduction, the point of view of a system integrator – Siemens Mobility- was explained  by Michael Wix. He highlighted the areas of importance for them within the scheme as well as their requirements.

The IRIS General Manager, Bernard Kaufmann enhanced the information with the achievements after almost 4 years and the Rev 02 specificities. He insisted on the 2010 targets in term of certificates and the survey to be launched to show measurements of improvements coming out from an IRIS deployed system.

Another presentation was made by DEKRA experts, to explain the Interoperability challenge through the TSI tools.

 Finally, a consultant gave some past experience about IRIS implementation in 15 companies.

 Wolfram Domke, from DEKRA Certification moderated the seminar and conclude with hints about the IRIS Audit-tool and the certification body tasks.


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22FEB2010

IRIS Seminars organized by DEKRA Certification GmbH

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   DEKRA Certification GmbH, is organizing 2 IRIS seminars on February, 25th

   in  Cologne and March, 11th in Nuernberg

   The major topics will be:

         ·       UNIFE introduction – IRIS standard and new Revision
              by Bernard Kaufmann, General Manager UNIFE

   ·         IRIS from the view of a system integrator
   by Hubertus Illmer, Siemens AG Industry Sector Mobility Division Rolling Stock
  (Only in Nuernberg)

   ·         Experience from a notified body concerning interoperability (TSI)
   by Andreas Schirmer, Product manager Rail DEKRA Industrial GmbH

  ·         Critical factors and benefit of IRIS-implementation projects
  by Vitalis Nowacki, General Manager Vistra GmbH

   ·         IRIS Audittool, IRIS compensative and rewarding approach
   by Wolfram Domke, IRIS Manager and IRIS Auditor DERKA Certification
   GmbH

The workshop is free.

      If you’re interested please contact Wolfram DOMKE at certification.de@dekra.com  

      and download the invitation form below and send it back.


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17FEB2010

IRIS Seminar in Milan organized by Tüv Rheinland Italia

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Another IRIS appointment with TÜV Rheinland Italia, is planned for March, 31st in Milan.

The major topics are:

    * UNIFE introduction – IRIS standard, implementation and development.

    * Certification process - differences between ISO 9001, ISO/TS and IRIS (Rev. 2)

    * IRIS certification’s gap analysis, main non-conformity, use of IRIS portal.

    * Case history

Speakers:

    * Ing. Giuseppe Greco – IRIS Senior Manager
    * Ing. Pierdomenico Baldazzi – TÜV Rheinland Italia Senior Auditor
    * Dott. Riccardo Lasagna - TÜV Rheinland Italia Lead Auditor

The workshop is free.

to download the invitation form, please visit the IRIS Portal, section News.


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10FEB2010

The new DOWNLOAD AREA is available!

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The new DOWNLOAD AREA is online on the IRIS Portal!

This new section contains useful documents available for download for all IRIS Portal users:

- Public (no login required)
- Registered companies (login required)
- Certification Bodies (login required)
- IRIS auditors (login required)

Depending on which user type logs in, different downloads will be available.

You can find the link on the left side menu.

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27NOV2009

IRIS seminar in Poland - review

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On November 26th, 2009, SIRTS, the polish rail transport association organized
a seminar dedicated to IRIS and they were glad to welcome around 35 people.

Marek Pawlik, member of the board of SIRTS introduced the seminar and gave the
latest information about TSI’s, standardization in Europe and UNIFE work status.

After a preliminary analysis of the certification schemes ISO 9001, ISO14001
and ISO 17025 done by PKP, the floor was left for a presentation made by
Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager.

He presented the objectives, the current situation, involvement of stakeholders,
the Rev.02 improvements and the next steps of the IRIS scheme.

Questions linked to the mandatory application of IRIS from the companies as well
as the situation of IRIS versus CMW were raised.

The seminar then focused on specific areas of IRIS which were analyzed by
representatives from Bombardier Transportation SWUS Katowice, such as Supplier
Management, RAMS/LCC, Configuration management.

Finally a statement of a certification body was made commonly with a polish
company about the implementation and preparation for an IRIS Certification.


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19NOV2009

IRIS seminar in Poland

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SIRTS, the Polish rail industry association, is organizing a dedicated IRIS Seminar
in Warsaw on November 26th, 2009.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, will attend and communicate last status of
the IRIS scheme.

For more details, please contact directly Karolina Hendler at +48 22 473 15 02 or
k.hendler@sirts.pl

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18NOV2009

IRIS in France

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Even when France rail industry is one of the main contributor to IRIS certificates today,
there is still a need of communicating to its members about the evolutions, the benefits
and the requirements of the IRIS scheme.

Therefore the French Mechanical Industry Association (FIM) together with AFNOR
Certification, an IRIS approved Certification Body, have organized a dedicated seminar
with 70 of their members and customers on November 17th, 2009 in Paris La Défense.
Jacques Cracosky (FIM) and Florence Méaux (AFNOR Certification) opened the seminar.

Among all invited speakers, three IRIS Advisory Board members made very clear statements
on evolutions and requests towards IRIS.

Hubert de Blay, IRIS Chairman and Alstom Transport representative has presented the
objectives and global position of the industry.

Nicolas Gravier, Supply Quality Director at SNCF, presented the vision of an operator
and the requests of SNCF towards their supply chain.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, presented the current status of the scheme,
gave overall information about the IRIS Rev.02 and showed the comparison with other
industrial schemes (AS, ISO, TS) versus IRIS.

The seminar gave also the opportunity to the representative of a certified company
to share the experience of a successful implementation. Dominique David, Compin Group
Quality Manager has explained the benefits during the deployment in the group.

Last but not least, Claude Bouteaud, AFNOR Certification IRIS Lead Auditor, highlighted
the specific features of IRIS for a sustainable organization and gave his recommendations
from his auditing experience.

A very technical question/answer session closed the meeting.

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12NOV2009

ISO/CASCO second workshop and IRIS

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On November 11th, ISO/CASCO organized his second workshop on the role of the International
Standards.

The purpose was to analyze and discuss on major topics linked to the conformity assessment
of Standards. After having addressed the concept of market surveillance last year, the emphasis
was this year on the private sector and its management of the supply chain with a focus on
traceability.

This workshop was mainly dedicated to the ISO members. 80 persons were participating
physically in the workshop in Geneva at the WMO, whereas 60 people attended through
a webinar connection.
All these attendees represent locally ISO in more than 30 countries all around the world.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, was invited as a speaker by the ISO/CASCO
Chairman, Mr. Olivier Peyrat. It was the opportunity, within the industry association panel,
to show how IRIS is bringing the Rail Sector Supply Chain towards sustainable business
with the aim of having better products through better organizations. Configuration management
requested by IRIS is the answer in our sector to the need of traceability.

The conclusion of the workshop among all presentations done by the different industries was
highlighting the need of managing the global supply chain in line with clear standards.
Traceability appears obviously as a mandatory tool by dealing with safety, security and business
issues.

We thank ISO/CASCO having given IRIS the floor for explaining our scheme to a worldwide attendance.


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14OCT2009

Rail sector celebrates 300th IRIS Certificate at 2nd IRIS Conference

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The 2nd IRIS Conference gave reason for a double celebration as the Hungarian rail
equipment producer Jarmuszerelvenyt Gyarto RT was awarded with the 300th IRIS certificate.

With Rail Operators now playing an active role in the certification process, IRIS has
taken another important step towards becoming the universal standard for rail technologies.

“IRIS is a European dialect that shall become a world language”, stated Dr Manfred Lerch,
Executive VP at Voith Turbo, encapsulating the spirit of the 2nd IRIS conference held in
the European quarter in Brussels. With now 300 companies having completed the IRIS
certification process worldwide, the standard has become an international seal of quality
recognised by Rail Operators and Producers alike.

This view was shared by Peter Boels, Head of Quality at Bombardier Transportation, as he
reconfirmed commitment to the IRIS standard, realising that “today, many rail operators
give preference to IRIS certified rail suppliers.”

Great support of IRIS was also expressed by Massimo Baldinato, Member of Cabinet of
Transport Commissioner and Vice-President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani.
In his statement he emphasised that “in order to ensure rail safety, rail companies have
to rely on strong business management systems that can only be achieved through IRIS
certification.”

Hubert de Blay, IRIS Chairman and Urban Platform Product Director at Alstom Transport,
confirmed this point of view: “The remarkable output of IRIS after just three years is the
product of constructive team effort. Rail Operators are already deeply integrated in the
certification process, thereby simplifying the qualification procedure.”

This viewpoint is shard by Rail Operators, as Alain Flausch, President of UITP and CEO
of STIB Brussels Public Transport, highlights: “The goal of UITP is to double the market
share of public transport against private car use in the medium term. Key to this is
innovative and reliable rail products certified by the IRIS standard.”

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22SEP2009

TÜV Nord Seminar in Poiana Brasov - review

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On September 3rd, 2009 TÜV Nord has organized a railway seminar centered on IRIS. Around
50 people attended several presentations. Mr. Alexander Iulian Stan from CFR on behalf
of the Transport ministry summarized the railway infrastructure situation in Romania.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, developed the basics of IRIS and the last
evolutions linked to the IRIS Rev. 02. Kay Jürgensen, IRIS Product Manager at TÜV Nord,
explained the steps for implementation and certification for IRIS.

After this main part, several presentations completed the seminar:

- EU Directives and Regulations (EC Testing procedures, TSI, ETCS, CCS) by Mr. Stefan
Andree from TÜV Nord,
- Sharing experiences of an operator and a manufacturer in Europe by Mr. Frans Zoetmulder
from EMD,
- Railway Safety Management System and Certifications by Mr Valentin Berca from BRK Systems,
- Maintenance and repair service provider and CMW by Mr. Florentin Nicolae, Lead Auditor at
TÜV Nord Romania.

During the whole day, many questions were raised by the audience, which gave the opportunity
to the speakers to clarify all interrogations.

IRIS is indeed of interest for the local rail industry.

The presentation from IMC is attached.


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07AUG2009

IRIS seminar in Romania

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TUEV Nord, an IRIS approved certification Body is organizing
the first dedicated IRIS seminar in Brasov (Romania) on September 3rd, 2009.

Several speakers will also present the current standards and regulations
linked to the rail sector nowadays.

For more details, please see the attachment or
contact Mihaela Sarbu at +4021 315 0303


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29JUN2009

2nd IRIS Conference in Brussels on 05 and 06 October 2009

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On 05 and 06 October 2009, the IRIS Management Centre will host the second IRIS Conference in the Renaissance Brussels Hotel (Brussels, Belgium).The first day will gather high level speakers from Industry and Operators to highlight the need to move forward in the direction of an entire rail sector scheme. The second day event will bring together representatives from Rail Stakeholders to discuss mainly the necessity and the advantages to be IRIS certified, how and why IRIS is quickly expanding worldwide and the differences of IRIS Revision 02 .

IRIS approved certification bodies will be present to provide advice and guidance in the IRIS Certification process.

We expect the participation of CEOs, Managing Directors and Quality Managers of the Rail Sector companies.

DUE TO LIMITED SEATS, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO REGISTER ONLINE BEFORE THE 31st JULY 2009.


Please visit the IRIS Portal, there is a special link on the left side menu addressed to the Conference.


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23JUN2009

TÜV Rheinland seminar in Cologne - review

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On June 23rd, 2009 TÜV Rheinland was having his IRIS Symposium in Cologne. Around 45 attendees were having the privilege of getting the first details of the new IRIS release.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, explained the evolutions linked to the IRIS Rev. 02 launched officially on June 18th. Then, several feedbacks and best practices were given by following speakers:

- Successful IRIS implementation in a cabling company PRETTL by Mr. Wilhelm Noll,
- Preparation for IRIS certification at ALSTOM site Salzgitter by Mr. Torsten Baumann,
- How DEUTA-Werke performed IRIS Certifications by Dr. Rudolf Ganz,
- European Certification requests by Mr. Jürgen Steingräber from TÜV Rheinland.

A final Q/A discussion gave the opportunity to clarify some interesting points.



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22JUN2009

IRIS Rev. 02 is live!

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IRIS Rev. 02 was officially launched during the last UNIFE General Assembly in Warsaw.

From today on the new IRIS booklet Rev. 02 is available in the shop in 4 languages, click here.

Additional languages (Spanish and Czech) will be soon available through our partners.

The Audit-tool V3 is currently under production and will need 2 additional weeks to be
shipped to customers.

MAIN CHANGES

-    Standard in line with ISO 9001:2008 requirements
-    Integration of ISO 9004:2009 guidelines
-    Requirements improved and now in line with the needs from Rail Operators who
     contributed to the development of the Standard
-    Remote Functions rules improved
-    IRIS auditor time chart improved
-    Rules how to score the questionnaire have been clarified
-    Required and recommended processes, procedures, KPI’s and records are now
     summarized in one single table.
-    Reduction scheme available for Companies upgrading from other standards,
     having single IRIS activity and benefit from compensative and rewarding approach
-    Availability of a simple tool to calculate the audit time depending on company
     characteristics
-    Readiness review improved and now fully supported through the new  Audit-Tool V3

IMPACT OF CHANGES

Certification audits against IRIS Rev. 01 can be performed until the end of 2009.

From January, 1st 2010 only Rev. 02 certification audits will be allowed.

Existing Rev. 01 certificates can be kept until their natural validity date.




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12JUN2009

TÜV Rheinland seminar in Cologne

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Immediately after official launch of the IRIS Revision 02, you will be able to get
detailed information about this major evolution of the Rail Standard during the seminar
organized by TÜV Rheinland in Cologne on June 23rd, 2009.

We are sure that this seminar will gather many companies interested to improve their
performance through IRIS.

Please refer to the flyer attached. 


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12JUN2009

First IRIS Webinar - review

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On June 11th, SGS and IMC held the first Webinar.

Within the two sessions, more then 50 people located worldwide attended the
presentation proposed by Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager and Dominique Kugler,
SGS Product Manager.

A poll on the spot, confirmed the accuracy of this Webinar while the Q/A sessions were
mostly focused on IRIS operative application and on the Rev. 02 changes.

This kind of seminar is indeed a modern and quick mean to spread IRIS news around the
Rail world.

Please refer to the attached document.


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11JUN2009

IRIS Rev. 02 is about to go live!!

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18th of June 2009
is a date to remember – the date of the official launch of the
new IRIS Rev. 02.

After three years from the official launch of the first IRIS Standard and after
a huge and intensive improvement work, the IRIS Group is proud to announce big
evolutions.

MAIN CHANGES

-    Standard in line with ISO 9001:2008 requirements
-    Integration of ISO 9004:2009 guidelines
-    Requirements improved and now in line with the needs from Rail Operators who
     contributed to the development of the Standard
-    Remote Functions rules improved
-    IRIS auditor time chart improved
-    Rules how to score the questionnaire have been clarified
-    Required and recommended processes, procedures, KPI’s and records are now
     summarized in one single table.
-    Reduction scheme available for Companies upgrading from other standards,
     having single IRIS activity and benefit from compensative and rewarding approach
-    Availability of a simple tool to calculate the audit time depending on company
     characteristics
-    Readiness review improved and now fully supported through the new  Audit-Tool V3

IMPACT OF CHANGES

The IRIS Rev. 02 booklet will be available on the IRIS Portal in 4 languages
(English, German, French and Italian) from June 22nd on.

Spanish and Czech languages will be immediately available directly by our partners.

Certification audits against IRIS Rev. 01 can be performed until the end of 2009.

From January, 1st 2010 only Rev. 02 certification audits will be allowed.

Existing Rev. 01 certificates can be kept until their natural validity date.


The IRIS Management Centre and the IRIS approved certification bodies will further
support you.

contact the IMC
contact the Certification Bodies

Stay tuned

The IRIS Management Centre

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05JUN2009

First IRIS Webinar

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SGS, an IRIS approved certification Body is organizing the first IRIS web seminar
on June 11th, 2009. If you want to attend, please sign up here.

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12MAR2009

IRIS Workshop in Hamburg - review

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On March 10th, VDMA, a German association of machine tool industry organized a Workshop /
experience exchange day in Hamburg. Many members of the association are also involved in
the Railway industry and were expecting some information about the IRIS Certification scheme
which is an important step for entering more deeply in the business.

Around 40 members attended the seminar hosted in the Hamburger Hochbahn (public transport
operator) premices.

Axel Sandvoss VDMA Nord, introduced the meeting and presented the agenda which was built
to give a large overview of IRIS.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager presented the targets, the relation with other
certification schemes, the current status as well as the next steps of IRIS.

Eckhard Schultz from IFV gave his view related to the German needs.

Andreas Heinzmann, Bombardier Transportation Quality Director showed a system integrator
involvement and their internal deployment. He explained also the supply chain management
strategy of Bombardier.

Luay Sander explained how EVAC implemented IRIS in their organization, step by step and
focusing on the difficulties and achievements. He expressed a final satisfaction and highlighted
the opportunity of improvement for companies through IRIS.

Heinz Welling, Harting Central Quality Manager gave his feedback as the first IRIS certified
company. He focused also his presentation on the multi scheme certification of his company
linked with their presence in several markets like automotive, telecom,…

Finally, Christof Höbing, Lead Auditor of DQS explained the vision of a certification body.
He gave the focus to be taken into account as well as some hints how to overcome easily the
difficulties.

All the presentations were completed by a Q/A session and Axel Sandvoss assessed the day
as a positive signal for its industry and agreed that clear statements were given by the speakers.

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03FEB2009

IRIS seminar in IRAN - review

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On February 3rd, took place the first IRIS seminar in Iran organized by IMQ in Tehran.

The conference room of the Tehran Urban & Suburban Railway Co hosted 100 attendees from
industry and operation.

Dr. Mohammad Montazeri, Deputy Managing Director of TUSRC, welcomed the seminar by pointing out the challenges of the public transport in Iran: environmental and urban development. 

Mr. Saied Kavkani, Quality Deputy, Vice-President of Iran Khodro Industrial Group, presented
how the implementation of the ISO/TS 16949, 15 years ago, forced the Quality improvements
into the local industry. He welcomed that Railway will step now into the same scheme.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, presented a complete view of the IRIS scheme,
from early definition to the current status and the forecasts for 2009. After the presentation,
many questions were raised to Mr. Kaufmann mostly dedicated to the implementation in Iran of IRIS.

Mr. Seyed Bahrehdar, Vice-President of the Iranian Association of Rail Transport Engineering
closed the seminar by looking forward for an active local interest to the global Certification
scheme of the Rail Sector: IRIS.


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22JAN2009

SGS - SSC has been IRIS approved

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The framework agreement between SGS – Systems and Service Certification has been signed
the 08th of December 2008 by Malcolm Reid SSC Executive Vice President, Marc Stauffer
SSC & CTS Business Controller and Bernard Kaufmann General Manager IRIS Management Centre.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

Recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity, SGS employs over 50 000 people
and operate a network of more than 1 000 offices and laboratories around the world.

The audit and certification services SGS provides allows to its costumers to enhance their
business processes and get out in front of the issues affecting them. With the proposed
services SGS allows its costumers to deliver extra value, improve their quality management
and performance, minimise risk and gain a real advantage over the competition.


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20JAN2009

IRIS seminar in IRAN

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IMQ, an IRIS approved certification Body is organizing the first dedicated IRIS seminar
in Teheran (IRAN) next February 3rd, 2009. The local railway supply chain is very developed;
this is a reason why around 100 attendees are registered until now.

Several presentations are forecasted on supply chain & quality management.

For more details, please contact Mitra Milani at + 9821-88529400

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12JAN2009

Review: North America’s first IRIS seminar organized by TÜVRheinland®

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On January 8th, 2009, took place the first IRIS seminar in the USA organized by TÜV Rheinland in
Newark (NJ).

30 people attended this seminar and participated to very interesting discussions during the
Q/A session. Several presentations were done by the speakers:

- Thomas Rettig, TÜV Rheinland Division Manager: introduction of TÜV Rheinland and their IRIS approach
- Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager: principles, methodology, status and evolution of IRIS
- John Novotny, Wabtec Sales Manager: Why Wabtec took the decision to implement IRIS?
- Bruce Thomas, Wabtec Quality Manager: How Wabtec implements the IRIS requirements?
- Richard Strouse, TÜV Rheinland IRIS Lead auditor: IRIS – the auditor’s perspective.
 
During the discussions, the need of implementation of IRIS in the US market became obvious with
the expectations to bring more reliable organizations and more confidence towards the rail customers.
Information on IRIS must therefore be continued and US transit authorities should be quickly involved.
First contact exists and several operators are already aware about IRIS.
The strong involvement of the system integrators through their local locations (AT, BT & ST were
present at the seminar) is also good news.

A good start for IRIS in the US indeed!

Presentations are available for download on the IRIS Portal.


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09DEC2008

IRIS seminar organizeb by BSI Management Systems in UK - review

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On November 20th, BSI Management Systems organized their first IRIS Seminar in UK.

It was hold in Whittlebury and close to 40 persons attended the presentations.

IRIS Management Centre was represented by Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager,
he gave the current status of the scheme and its next developments.
An industrial experience with IRIS was given by Dr Stephen Hughes from Bombardier
Transportation. Davis Scrimshire from TEC explained some tips for an efficient
implementation in the Business Management System of the companies.
Finally, John Hele, BSI Product Manager showed how BSI would achieve the IRIS
certification process in the companies.

Time was given for answering questions of the audience where the focus was made
on implementation in the UK market.

The presentation is available for download here.


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09DEC2008

IRIS seminar in Portugal - review

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Using the opportunity of their annual seminar, the Portuguese Association for
Railway Standardization and Certification (APNCF), decided to promote in 2008
the IRIS Scheme within the local industry.

More then 130 participants attended the presentation done by Bernard Kaufmann,
IRIS General Manager, where he explain the scheme throughout following topics:

- IRIS principles & evolution,
- IRIS Methodology,
- Status & forecasts
 

A debate followed the presentation, which showed the interest of the Portuguese
Railway Stakeholder on the IRIS Scheme.

The presentation is available for download here.


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25NOV2008

IRIS seminar in Portugal

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The 7th Railway Standardization and Certification Seminar will be organized
by the Portuguese Association for Railway Standardization and Certification
(APNCF) on November 27th, 2008.

There will be a dedicated part for IRIS. A detailed information with a
current status will be presented.

The event will be located at the auditorium at Monte de Caparica.

Flyer is available for download on the IRIS Portal.


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20NOV2008

North America’s first IRIS seminar organized by TÜVRheinland®

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TÜVRheinland® in collaboration with Wabtec Passenger Transit will hold
North America’s first seminar on IRIS.

Industry insiders expect that IRIS will be adopted in the U.S. and Canada
beginning in 2009.

The free seminar provides a forum to learn about the standard and its
certification requirements. It is expected to attract railway suppliers
exporting to Europe and Asia and/or preparing for the standard’s impending
introduction in North America.

Key speaker is the IRIS General Manager from UNIFE
(The Association of the European Rail Industry) in Brussels.
He is going to present a detailed overview of the standard and offers
regulatory insights.

The event also provides first-hand accounts from Wabtec as well as from a
TÜVRheinland® IRIS Lead Auditor.

TÜVRheinland’s IRIS seminar will take place on Jan. 8, 2009 from
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Hotel Spring Hill Suites at Newark Liberty
International Airport.

For more information please visit the IRIS Portal and download the flyer
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17NOV2008

Russia launches its IRIS translation

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Last November 13th, 2008, the Non-Commercial Partnership – Union of the Industries of Railway Equipment (NP-UIRE) of Russia, launched the IRIS Standard translation in Russian language.

This day was the opportunity to exchange experience during a dedicated seminar organized in Moscow, Rizhskaya Station.

In front of 150 attendees from the Russian rail stakeholders (government, operator, industry),
the speakers presented a full statement on IRIS.

First, Valentin Gapanovich, President of NP-UIRE, introduced the seminar by setting the targets
of the rail sector in the next five years.

Vladimir Gutenev, from SoyuzMash Russia, gave the link with the governmental decision in term of
strategy for the industry.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, explained furthermore the basics of the IRIS scheme with its targets and achievements. A current status of IRIS was made. The forecast for 2009 in term of communication and technical as well as the implementation in Russia were presented.

NP-UIRE invited Harald Brandt from TÜV Nord Cert to give the vision of an IRIS approved Certification Body.

Several other speakers were analyzing the implementation of the IRIS Standard in the Russian rail sector:

- Vadim Lapidus ( MD “Center Prioritet”): translator of the Rev 01 in Russian and promoter of railways improvements,
- Sergey Palkin ( VP NP-UIRE): forcing the improvement within the whole Russian railway supply chain,
- Sergey Kotov ( “Center Prioritet”): Implementing IRIS through 7 steps,
- Alexander Yurkov ( “Izhevskiy Radio Plant”): Challenges of the IRIS implementation,
- Vladimir Rudkos (“Knorr Bremse”): Experiences of a major player in the equipment manufacturing field,
- Vladimir Matushin (VP NP-UIRE): the final goal is the improvement of the products,
- Anton Vorobiev (“Fineks Quality”): How to satisfy the IRIS requirements?

This intensive seminar was assessed as a good step forward to improvements by Sergey Palkin, even when the remaining tasks are huge.

The Russian translation of the IRIS booklet is available for purchase from November 17th, 2008 on, at:

NP-UIRE
3, Ryzhskaya Square
MOSCOW 107966
www.opzt.ru
elena-npuire@rambler.ru

Please contact Ms Elena Solovieva.


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05NOV2008

IRIS seminar organized by LRQA in Milan, ITALY

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It’s time to exchange experiences in order to ensure that IRIS standard represents an excellent
choice in the certification world.

LRQA and Bombardier, together with all involved IRIS actors, believe that IRIS certification
can become the main tool for organisations who want to evaluate and improve all opportunities
for Client satisfaction.

The invited speakers are coming from Railway Industry, LRQA and IRIS mMnagement Centre.

This free seminar will take place at Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica – Milan,
on 14 November 2008.

See attached agenda


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30OCT2008

IRIS seminar organizeb by BSI Management Systems in UK

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Suppliers to the rail industry share a common purpose in seeking to provide increased
reliability and continual improvement in terms of their business performance.

With issues such as safety, sustainability and risk at the top of the agenda,
BSI Management Systems invites you to attend a FREE seminar.

The seminar is designed to educate organisations on how achieving certification to the
IRIS standard can help address the complexities and challenges involved in developing
and growing a lucrative business, and to discuss the requirements for certification
to this standard.
 

With guest speakers from UNIFE and Bombardier, the event takes place at Whittlebury Hall,
Towcester, Northamptonshire on 20 November from 1pm.

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14OCT2008

Japan’s first IRIS Seminar in Tokyo

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This first seminar was organized by TUV SUD Japan on October 3rd and introduced
by Dr. Andreas Stange, General Manager of their Kansai Office.

About 30 people attended the IRIS seminar in Tokyo, where Dr Stange first presented
the TUV SUD activities and figures.

The IRIS Management Centre was represented by Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager.

He informed the audience about the:

1- IRIS principles,

2- Status & evolution,

3- IRIS methodology

Numerous interesting questions such as operators involvement, service improvements,
safety relation,…were proposed to the speakers for more explanation.

The presentation given from the IRIS Management Centre is available for download here.


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13OCT2008

IRIS Seminar in Beijing - review

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Nearly 70 people attended the IRIS seminar organized in Beijing on 10 October 2008
by AFNOR International.

The seminar was introduced by Foucauld de Lauzon, Director Asia of AFNOR International,
who gave an overview of AFNOR activities in Asia.

The IRIS Management Centre was represented by Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager,
and by Giuseppe Greco, IRIS International Manager.

The presentation provided to the audience was structured in 3 parts:

1- IRIS introduction & status: motivating the “need for IRIS” of the Industry
and giving reference numbers on IRIS current status and further steps for the future.

2- IRIS Rev 01 and addendum: explaining what the IRIS Rev01 and IRIS Addendum,
19th June 2008 have introduced in terms of requirements and process improvements.

3- IRIS quickly: how to set up the Business Management System to become compliant
with IRIS requirements and how to use IRIS products at best, giving details on the advantages
of using a common database (IRIS Portal) and a software to run audits (Audit-tool).

Many questions arose from the audience, mainly focusing on requirements which are very
specific of the Railway Industry, such as RAMS and LCC.

In the afternoon the Quality Manager Zhicheng Dai from Bombardier CPC Propulsion System gave information on the IRIS Certificate awarded by the Bombardier Chinese location.

Finally Mr. Nelson Zeng (AFNOR International) detailed all steps done so far for the development of the IRIS Certification in China.

All presentations are available for download here.


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13OCT2008

First IRIS auditor training in China

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From 6/10/2008 to 09/10/2008 an IRIS auditor training took place in Beijing, China.

12 auditors from various IRIS Certification Bodies attended the training and
examination session, providing enthusiast feedbacks on the training.

During 4 days, Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager and Giuseppe Greco,
IRIS International Manager, transmitted knowledge and experience and, as a result,
today 19 Chinese auditors can perform IRIS training in China covering all
scopes but 15 (tilt system).

The interest around the world for IRIS is once more confirming the need of improvement
of all railway stakeholders wherever they produce parts.


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03OCT2008

IRIS Seminar in Beijing

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AFNOR International (China) is organizing an IRIS Seminar in Beijing on 10 October 2008.

Location:  Beijing Yihai Business Hotel7F, .33 Xueyuan South Road Haidian District Beijing P.R China.

The speakers will be:

- Foucauld de Lauzon (Director Asia of AFNOR International)
- Bernard Kaufmann (IRIS General Manager)
- Giuseppe Greco (IRIS International Manager)

Additional presentations will be given by IRIS certified companies to provide direct field
information experience.

Please find the agenda and invitation letter enclosed.

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29SEP2008

IRIS at Innotrans 2008 - review

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The seminar IRIS: A SUCCESS STORY took place on Friday 26 September at
Innotrans 2008.

The seminar was introduced by Michael Clausecker, UNIFE Director-General, and moderated
by Hubert de Blay, Chairman of the IRIS Steering Committee who gave an overview of
the current IRIS status and the objectives for the future.

Susanne Schaub, SBB/CFF/FSS Quality Manager, explained how IRIS is actually a “gift
for our passengers…” and how the IRIS Certification is helping SBB/CFF/FSS on the way
to Excellence (customer focus).

Colin Clarke, Chairman of the Americas Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG), discussed mostly
on the new AS9100 2008 edition, reporting on objectives, processes and on key changes
which have occurred within the latest release.

Peter Stauffer, CEO HaslerRail AG, presented the IRIS status in the company after 2
years of implementation and how this can be linked with the economic growth HaslerRail
is facing in the recent years. Additionally, he gave interesting tips to companies who
are now approaching the IRIS Certification.

Luigi Buonocore, Faiveley Italia Quality Director, summarised how Faiveley Italia
prepared internally to meet all IRIS requirements and which business areas are mostly
affected by improvements introduced by the IRIS system.

Finally, Mark Flint, Sigma Coachair Group Asia Pacific Development Manager, explained
how the IRIS Certification can assist companies in delivering a cost effective high quality
product that will meet or exceed customer expectations for its life duration.

Following the question & answer session Hubert de Blay concluded by looking forward
to meeting all interested parties during the 2nd IRIS Conference in Autumn 2009, in Brussels.

The full presentation is available for download here.

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16SEP2008

IRIS seminar organized by TUEV Sud in Tokyo

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TUEV Sud organizes an IRIS seminar on 3d October, 2008 in Tokyo, Hotel Meilparque Tokyo,
Room Ha-ku-cho from 10 AM to 3PM. 

Conference will concern following next issues: IRIS introduction & status, RAMS-LCC,
targets for the railway industry.

The lecturers are:

Mr. B. Kaufmann – IRIS General Manager IRIS

Mr. A. Stange – TUEV Sud Japan General Manager.


A Q/A session will follow the presentations.

For more information please contact: infoservice@tuv-sud.jp

TÜV SÜD JAPAN Ltd
INFOSERVICE Dept
Direct:  +81-3-3372-3497
Central: +81-3-3372-4821
FAX:   +81-3-3372-4121
http://www.tuv-sud.jp

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28AUG2008

IRIS at INNOTRANS 2008

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IRIS will take part at the biennial INNOTRANS fair in Berlin from 23-26 September 2008.
There will be a dedicated IRIS area on the UNIFE corporate exhibition stand, located in
Hall 2.2, opposite Bombardier Transportation.

The IRIS Management Centre will distribute leaflets, giveaways and will be pleased to
provide any interested party information about IRIS in order to facilitate as much as
possible the approach to this new certification scheme.

Visitors will also have the possibility to directly buy on-site the IRIS booklet and
the IRIS Audit-tool.

Moreover, on Friday the 26 September, from 10h00 to 12h00, there will be an IRIS seminar
(Hall 7, room Europa) with the running title IRIS: a success story.

Entrance is open to the public without any need of registration.

The programme is available for download here.


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24JUN2008

IRIS Addendum, 19th June 2008

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During the UNIFE General Assembly 2008, hosted in Paris on the 19th of June,
Hubert de Blay, Chairman of the IRIS group, reported about IRIS achievements
of 2007/2008 as well as IRIS objectives for 2009.

Furthermore he officially launched the IRIS Addendum, 19th June 2008, which
aims to inform about the extension of IRIS to maintenance activities and
contains key changes and new requirements to be fulfilled in order to become
IRIS certified from now on.

To download the IRIS Addendum, 19th June 2008 please visit this page.

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12JUN2008

IRIS conference in Kiev

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The Conference “Modern Methods of Quality and Competitiveness Improvement in Railway
Industry - International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS)” took place June 3rd, 2008
in Kiev, Ukraine.

More than 80 representatives of the Ukrainian Railway stakeholders visited
the Conference.

The Conference was opened by Deputy of Ukraine Zalizhnitsya General Manager A.Lashko.
IRIS General Manager B. Kaufmann developed the status and the key drivers about
IRIS scheme. Then Bureau Veritas Lead Expert P. Bonnaerens presented his Master
Class – What you should know in advance.

Lead Auditors of Bureau Veritas Certification Ukraine told about their experience
in implementation and certification of Management Systems according to ISO 9001;
140001 and BS OHSAS 18001 on Railway Industry.


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27MAY2008

Railway Quality Standard IRIS conference takes place in Brussels

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Gathering more than 200 participants from the global rail sector, the International
Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) conference kicked-off in Brussels on 21 May. 
All stakeholders from the rail industry were present at the two-day event - from
operators to manufacturers to infrastructure managers.

“This is the first time that the Industry and Operators are working together to
achieve a common Quality International Rail Standard.  The standard aims at enhancing
the quality image of the railway sector, enhancing the efficiency of the business
programme, the various processes and therefore the product,” commented Bernard Kaufmann,
General Manager of IRIS.  “By complimenting the internationally recognized ISO 9001
quality standard with the specific requirements of the railway industry, IRIS establishes
itself as the new global rail standard,” he added.

Opening the conference, Bernard Gonnet (Vice-President Product & Strategy of Alstom
Transport and Member of the UNIFE Strategy Committee), reminded the audience of the
daily challenges being faced by the rail sector especially in relation to the hot
topic of product efficiency and sustainability.  He stated, “by improving the business
management system, IRIS implementation leads to quality improvements and cost reductions
by incorporating more efficient and effective business processes throughout the entire
supply chain.”

Pierre Attendu (Chief procurement Officer of Bombardier Transportation) reinforced the
Systems Integrators’ message saying that Bombardier Transportation would charge the cost
of non-IRIS certification to its suppliers.

Pierre Pelouzet (Purchasing Director of SNCF) explained the clear commitment from SNCF
to work with IRIS, stating “IRIS is a key element of trust in the certification to improve
the quality of the product.”

Mr. Smaxwil (Senior Vice President Siemens Mobility) stated “IRIS increases the chances
for the European Rail Industry that a good product will be made at a reasonable price.”
He explained that the European Market can increase its competitiveness through by better
quality and innovations. Thanks to IRIS, it is visible.

Mr. Köhler (Member of the executive board of Knorr Bremse) stressed that “Railway needs
high quality audits”.

The second day of the conference was dedicated to in-depth presentations such as project
management and risk management issues. Certification bodies, equipment manufacturers and
system integrators were present to discuss technical topics in details.

Olivier Peyrat concluded the conference by explaining the future strategy of ISO.

The list of participants, the programme and the CV of the speakers are available for download here.

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27MAY2008

First IRIS Conference in Brussels - DAY 1

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Day 1: 21st of May

16:00 – Introduction
    -    Bernard Kaufmann     IRIS General Manager   
               
16:05 - Welcome speech
    -    Bernard Gonnet         Member of the Strategy Committee UNIFE                
    -    Eric Fontanel         UNIFE General Manager
                           
16:30 - High level certification: A necessity for Rail   
                   
    -    Pierre Pelouzet     Purchasing Director of  SNCF                       
    -    Pierre Attendu         Chief Procurement Officer of Bombardier Transportation           
    -    Albrecht Köhler     Member of the Executive Board Knorr Bremse
    -    Axel Schuppe         Vice-chairman of VDB                            

    Moderator: Eric Fontanel     UNIFE General Manager
                        
18:15 - Asian competition, a challenge for European manufacturers?

    -    Friedrich Smaxwil     Member of the Executive Management Board of Siemens TS       
    -    Pierre Sainfort     Chief Operating Officer Faiveley   
    -    Foucauld de Lauzon     Director Asia AFNOR Certification       
    -    José Taborda         VP Sourcing Alstom Transport                         
 
    Moderator: Bernard Kaufmann     IRIS General Manager


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27MAY2008

First IRIS Conference in Brussels - DAY 2

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Day 2: 22nd of May                                    

09:30 - Welcome Speech
    -    Hubert de Blay             IRIS Steering Committee Chairman               
    -    Bernard Kaufmann         IRIS General Manager
                           
10:00 – Success stories of the other industries.

    -     Implementation in a multi-industrial environment
    Jacques Fleurat     Director General Duhamel                   
    -     How Certification Bodies deal with a new industry standard?
    Peter Bonnaerens     Product Manager Railway Bureau Véritas           
    -     How the Aerospace has succeeded?
    Alain Bonnard         Operation Manager EAQG

11:30 - Strengths of IRIS’ certification process: an opportunity for continuous improvement.

    -    The only worldwide railway business management standard
    Hubert de Blay         IRIS Steering Committee Chairman
    -    IRIS system: a way for continuous improvement
    Andreas Heinzmann     Head of Quality Bombardier Transportation   
    -    Strengths of the Certification Bodies and Auditors
    Harald Brandt         Product Manager TÜV Nord   

13:30 - Project Management at the heart of IRIS.

    -    Importance of the Project Management and the IRIS in the Business Management Unit
    Holger Schmidt         VP Quality Management Siemens Transportation Systems       
    -    How to implement the process?
    Marcus Schmid         Director Quality Management Voith Turbo Rail           
    -    How to audit Project Management?
    Robert Milner         IRIS Auditor LRQA
                       
15:00 - Risk management: IRIS contributes to safe projects.

    -    Why Risk analysis?
    Jan-Bert Hoekman     Product Manager DNV                   
    -    What can a good risk management bring?
    Susanne Schaub     Quality Manager CFF/SBB/FSS                 
    -    Application of the principles in the industry
    Christian Sahr         Quality Assurance Manager Hübner   
           
16:00 – Conclusions
    -     Vision from a Standard point of view
        Olivier Peyrat         ISO CASCO Chairman                       
    -     Conclusions of the first IRIS conference
    Hubert de Blay         IRIS Steering Committee Chairman           


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23MAY2008

IRIS seminar organized by State Department of Ukraine Railway Transpor

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Ukrzaliznytsa, in collaboration with Bureau Veritas BSD, organizes on 3d June, 2008
in Kyiv, Hotel Express -  blvd Shevchenko 38/48, the seminar "Modern Methods and
Competition in railway industry. International Railway Industry Standard”. 

Conference will concern following next issues: UNIFE activity; IRIS, Lean Manufacturing;
Implementation ISO 9001; 14001; OHSAS 18001 in railway business.

The lecturers are:
Lashko – Deputy of General Manger of Ukrzaliznytsa, Prykhodko – Head of Supervisory
Board of Krukov Railway Plant;
Mr. B. Kaufmann – General Manager IRIS;
Dr. Yakubovskiy – General Director BV BSD; Dr. Tsopa – Stratigic Department BV BSD;
Dr. Sokolov – HSE Department BV BSD; Dr. Adamenko- Certification Department BV BSD;
Mr. P. Bonnaerens – IRIS expert.

Due to limited seats, we highly recommend you to pre-register, by phone to
Ms. Anna Dovgopol (tel. +38 044 490-2979) or via email to: training@bureauveritas.com.ua.

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20MAY2008

Feedbacks from IRIS - AICQ conference in Florence

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AICQ, the Quality Control Italian Association, Railway sector, organized a
second common IRIS conference in Florence on the 15th of May 2008.

The event followed the one already performed in 2007, when the IRIS certification
was still not well known in the Italian market and many stakeholders where
questioning about the added values given by the IRIS Standard to the Industry.

The conference was moderated by Mr. Ferrazzini (ANIE/ASSIFER) who introduced the
topics and the speakers.

Mr. Greco (UNIFE-IRIS) gave a general overview of the IRIS system, highlighting the
differences between the ISO 9001 and the improvements introduced in the Standard
with the launch of the Rev01 in November 2007, providing as well some key figures
that showed the current development of the system and the next steps.

Mr. Buonocore (Faiveley Transport) and Mr. Muolo (Mer Mec SpA) reported the
challenging path to achieving, first in Italy, the IRIS certification which brought
this 2 companies to become the first IRIS certified in Italy.

Some very interesting analysis where given by the 2 speakers, who detailed
the activities performed internally to align their business management
systems to the more demanding IRIS requirements.

All presentations are available for download here.


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07MAY2008

Feedbacks from IRIS seminar in Barcelona

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RINA, IRIS approved certification body, and CETREN, Notified Body in the Spanish
railway sector, organized a second common IRIS Seminar in Barcelona, Spain on
April 29th, 2008.

This IRIS seminar followed the increased interest of the Spanish railway market
in the last months regarding to IRIS.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, presented IRIS, the current status and
the methodology. The requirements of a System Integrator were given by
Angela de Heymer from Bombardier Transportation. The role of RINA and CETREN were
presented by Marta Carvajal from CETREN and Luis Alberto Sánchez from RINA.

The attendees, belonging to equipment manufacturers, system integrators and operators
railway companies, took the opportunity to exchange views, experiences and to get
answers to their IRIS specific questions.

Mr. Kaufmann stated after the seminar: “I believe, that the IRIS train has also
started in Spain. Communication will be continued in order to give the maximum
chance to every stakeholder to participate in the improvement wave in the railway
sector. The IRIS Management Centre will further support the stakeholders.”


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22APR2008

IRIS seminar orgnized by RINA in Florence

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RINA, in collaboration with GSI SLV, organizes on May 14th 2008 in
Florence, Hotel Embassy - Via Jacopo da Diacceto, 8, the seminar "The new
norm EN 15085:2008 (Part 1-5): implementation, differences with DIN 6700
norm and IRIS standard ", concerning the main items of the EN 15085.2008
norm and the differences vs the DIN 6700 norm and the IRIS standard.

The lecturers are: Ing. Antonio Pezone (Alstom Ferroviaria) and Ing.
Albrecht Hans (GSI SLV), who will describe the EN 15085 norm, and Ing.
Cristina Bianchi (RINA), who will shown the possible integration between
IRIS and EN 15085.

Due to limited seats, we highly recommend you to pre-register, by phone to
Mrs. Dea Biani (tel. +39 010 5385460) or via email to dea.biani@rina.org.
The confermation has to be sent to RINA, using the attached form, before May 5th
2008.


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18APR2008

IRIS conference organized by AICQ in Florence

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AICQ, the Quality Control Italian Association, Railway sector, is organizing
its yearly conference in Florence, which contains includes a specific part to
monitor the progress of  IRIS certification in Italy. UNIFE is invited to
highlight the main points of version 01 of the standard and the development  
of IRIS certification worldwide; moreover,  two important italian railway
manufacturers will report on their direct field experience for obtaining the
IRIS certificate in accordance to version 01.

AICQ considers that the conference will be a refreshment of the conference  
of May 2007, where the IRIS standard and the certification process were explained
and discussed with an attendance of more then 200 italian industry representatives.

Other conference topics wil be the setting up of the italian Railway Safety  
Authority and a round table on "Sustainable signalling ".

The conference will take place on May 15th in the Hotel Londra, Florence.
 
If you are interested, please contact  Mrs.Alessandra Suardi, AICQ Secretary,
at  aicqna.segreteria@aicq.it



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14APR2008

IRIS seminar in Barcelona

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Rina, approved by UNIFE as IRIS certification Body, and CETREN, Notified Body in the
Spanish railway sector, are organizing a second common IRIS Seminar in Spain.

With the aim to know the IRIS standard, its benefits and the process to follow for
obtaining certification, all interested parties are invited to participate in this
seminar with the collaboration of UNIFE-IRIS representative, which will take place on
April 29th, 2008 in the hotel Fira Palace, Barcelona.


If you are interested, please contact directly Marta Carvajal at mcarvajal@cetren.es



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11APR2008

Feedbacks from IRIS seminar in Madrid

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On April 4th, 2008, AENOR, an IRIS approved certification body conducted an IRIS
dedicated seminar for the Spanish Railway stakeholder in Madrid.

Nearly 60 people attended the presentation of Bernard Kaufmann IRIS General Manager
dedicated to the principles, status and targets. Angela de Heymer, Bombardier
Transportation Group Quality Manager and IRIS Technical Forum for Improvement Leader
explained the position of a system integrator. David Martinez de Miguel, AENOR Product
manager, presented the role of the AENOR and their certification approach.

Many technical questions were raised, as well as on system integrator position.
The participant feedback was very positive and reinforcing the need of the high
level IRIS scheme.


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08APR2008

Feedbacks from IRIS seminar in Czech Republic

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On April 2nd, 2008, ACRI the Czech National Railway Association organized an
IRIS dedicated seminar for its members. 40 people attended the presentation of
Bernard Kaufmann IRIS General Manager dedicated to the principles, status and targets.

Angela de Heymer, Bombardier Transportation Group Quality Manager and IRIS Technical
Forum for Improvement Leader explained the position of a system integrator.

Many questions were raised, on technical and process point of view, where both
answered explicitly. The success of the seminar was achieved by giving the Czech
Railway industry the necessary information to be convinced about the need of
implementation and the high level of IRIS scheme.

A following meeting will be held in November 2008.


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08APR2008

TÜV Rheinland seminars in Turin - IRIS 2008: a target you can’t fail!

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In the occasion of “Affidabilità e Tecnologie” and “Expoferroviaria” trade fairs
TÜV Rheinland, international certification body for products, management systems
and services, will organize two workshops whose purpose is to explain, step by step,
what companies should do in order to adapt their Management System to the
IRIS Standard Rev. 1: gap analysis, action plan, intervention areas,
certification process to obtain the final certification within the requested deadlines.

All interested parties are invited to participate to the workshops that will take
place on the 17th of April at “Affidabilità e Tecnologie” and on the 21st of May at
“Expoferroviaria”.
 
For details and registration form please download the attached file


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31MAR2008

IRIS Seminar in Prague

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ACRI, Association of Czech Railway Industry will organize an IRIS Seminar in Prague
on April 2nd, 2008.

The aim of the seminar is to reinforce the IRIS scheme and to explain the benefits
of the certification. IMC and a system integrator (Bombardier) will be speakers in this
seminar.

If you are interested to participate or for any further information, please contact
Marie Vopalenska at vopalenska@acri.cz.

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28MAR2008

IMQ Workshops in Milan and Turin

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IMQ, Italian body operating product and management systems certification,
approved by UNIFE as IRIS certification body will organize two workshops
in Milan and in Turin, in the course of  the specialized trade fair Expoferroviaria.

The purpose of these workshops is to provide some information about IRIS objectives,
certification process and technical issue.

All intersted parties are invited to participate to the workshop that will take
place on April 3th in IMQ  Milan, and in Turin on 21 of May.

For any detailed information and registration please download the attached file


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28MAR2008

AENOR seminar in Madrid, Spain

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AENOR, national and international recognized organization, accredited for the
certification of management systems and approved by UNIFE as IRIS certification Body
will organize an IRIS Seminar in Madrid, Spain.

The aim of the seminar is to introduce the IRIS system, assessment guideline and its
benefits and steps to follow for certification.

All interested parties are invited to participate in the seminar, which will
take place April, 4th 2008 in AENOR facilities, Madrid.


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14MAR2008

First IRIS Conference in Brussels on the 21st and 22 May 2008

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On 21st and 22nd of May, the IRIS Management Centre will host the first IRIS Conference
in the Crowne Plaza Brussels. The 2-day event will bring together representatives
from the Rail Industry to discuss the necessity to be IRIS certified. It will be a
great opportunity to learn more about the IRIS Standard and network with key
decision-makers. The first day will gather high level speakers to present the need for
a high level certification for Rail and the challenge of the Asian competition for
European manufacturers. We expect the participation of CEOs, Managing Directors and
Quality Managers.
The second day will be dedicated to technical exchanges on various subjects such as
Risk and Process management, continuous improvement and IRIS Revision 1.

DUE TO LIMITED SEATS, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO PRE-REGISTER ONLINE BEFORE THE 21st MARCH 2008.


Available for download the program of the conference.

To pre-register online please click here.


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13MAR2008

BSI Management Systems has been IRIS approved

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On the 12th March 2008 BSI Management Systems signed the framework agreement with
UNIFE to enable audits to IRIS to be carried out globally.
The agreement was welcomed by Flemming Norklit, Managing Director of BSI Management Systems and Bernard Kaufmann General Manager IRIS Management Centre.
Robin Pilcher and John Hele will develop the new IRIS Scheme within the BSI client panel.

BSI Management Systems is a global certification body, conducting assessment
to a large range of management system and product standards to a complete range of
product and services sectors.
BSI Management Systems has over 60 offices around the globe and operates in over
100 countries from Australia to Iceland.

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28FEB2008

IRIS seminar in Brussels

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Agoria, the Belgian Association organized for its members an updated information
seminar dedicated to IRIS. It took place on February 22nd, 2008 in Brussels.
35 managers were present, representing 22 companies in order to update or integrate
the IRIS scheme and status.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, Louis Baeyens, Bombardier
and Heinz Welling Harting informed and answered about their current experience
and expectations.

It was a good opportunity indeed, for the Belgian Railway Industry to enter in the
improvement scheme lead by the IRIS Initiative.

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28FEB2008

IRIS Seminar in Shanghai

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On invitation of the approved CB AFAQ, more than 70 Railway responsible attended
an IRIS Seminar in Shanghai (PRC) on February 2nd, 2008.

Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager presented the initiative and its current
status before Mr. Xie Weida, Professor at Tongji University showed a technical
analyze of the Chinese Railway market and needs.
The requirements of the System Integrator were given by Mr. Jose Manuel Tabuenca
from Alstom Transport and an application example shared by Mr. David Dupen from
Air International Group.

After the seminar, it was the time where the two first certificates for Chinese
companies were officially awarded. The Air International Transit and Bombardier
CPC Propulsion Systems companies are now part of the currently 55 certified companies
in 4 continents.

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28FEB2008

IRIS Auditor training in Asia

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End of January 08 took place the first IRIS Auditor training located in Asia.

During 4 days, Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager and Gregor Pitikaris, IRIS Trainer,
transmit knowledge and experience and finally examined 13 auditors in Seoul (Korea).
The outcome was positive for 12 of them.

After final validation from the IRIS Auditor Validation Committee, new auditors in
Australia, China, Japan, Korea and India will be available for CBs and companies.
This extension around the world of IRIS will once more confirm the need of improvement
of all railway stakeholders wherever they produce parts.

Another training is forecasted in Asia in June 08, let’s believe that it will be also
fully booked!


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18FEB2008

Seminar in Ljubljana on the new Standard EN 15085 and IRIS

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TÜV SÜD  is organizing a seminar in Ljubljana on March 4th, 2008.

This will be the first event dedicated to the Railway specific Standard.

During the seminar the new EN 15085 and the opportunity for the development of IRIS will be introduced in Slovenia and Croatia.

The speakers will give their expectations and/or experiences on EN 15085 and IRIS.

For detailed information please download the attached pdf-file.



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18FEB2008

IRIS seminar orgnized by RINA in Mestre-Venice (Italy)

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Based on the strong railway experience, and as one of the 12 Certification Body
recognised by UNIFE, RINA organises a seminar on February 26th 2008
(see the program in the annex) in

RINA S.p.A. VIA DELL’ELETTRICITA’, 5/D – 30175 MARGHERA VENICE

in order to show the difference in the new Rev. 01 of the IRIS standard, issued 
November 1st 2007, and the certiifcation process. 

Ing. Pecchioli (Ansaldobreda Quality Manager) will partecipate to the event.

During the seminar, a demonstration of the Audit tool will be made.

The agenda and registration form are available for download.




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23JAN2008

AFAQ/AFNOR International is organizing an IRIS Seminar in Shanghai

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AFAQ/AFNOR International is organizing an IRIS Seminar in Shanghai on February 2nd, 2008.

It will be the first dedicated event to the Railway specific Standard.

Railway Industry is largely represented in China and also all major worldwide
System Integrators are present in the country.

During the seminar, where Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, will introduce
the scheme and its current status, AFAQ/AFNOR will take the opportunity to show
its strategy for the development of IRIS in China and also handover the two first
IRIS Certificates for Chinese companies.

Other speakers will give their expectations and/or experiences on IRIS.

Available for download the agenda and invitation letter.



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20DEC2007

IRIS Seminar in Madrid

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November 19th was the day were RINA an IRIS approved Certification Body in collaboration
with CETREN (Spanish Notified Body) organized an IRIS Seminar in Madrid.

More than 100 representatives from the Spanish Railway stakeholder were present.
Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager and Angela de Heymer, IRIS Technical Form for
Improvement Leader from Bombardier presented the status after launching the Rev. 01 on
November 1st and gave details on the assessment process and the specific IRIS requirements.
Pedro Ferrer an IRIS approved auditor showed a deep process and procedure analyze versus
the ISO 9001:2000 Standard. Finally, Cristina Bianchi, product manager RINA presented
the roles of the Certification Bodies and their involvement in the deployment of IRIS.
It was also the opportunity to answer precise questions raised by the attendees.

Javier Villen Barranco (General Director CETREN) and Jose M. Cerruto (Technical Director
Railway Department RINA) evaluated the seminar with a positive feedback.


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18DEC2007

International Railway Forum in Valencia

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The Spanish Railway community organized the fifth International Railway Forum in Valencia
last November 13th.

This was the opportunity for Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager to develop for the
first time the IRIS scheme in Spain. Around 60 people attend the conference were he
highlighted the importance of this unique standard for our industry.

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21NOV2007

Russia is willing to catch the IRIS opportunity

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On October 11th and 12th, RZD Russian Railways and Prioritet Center organized the first
dedicated forum on IRIS scheme. It took place in Nizhniy Novgorod and enjoyed the
participation of 150 representative of the local railway supply chain. Opened by
Victor Gapanovitch Vice-President of Russian Railways, this forum gave the opportunity
for multiple exchanges on technical, Quality and commercial aspects.

IRIS Group was represented by Bernard Kaufmann IRIS General Manager who explained the
targets and possibilities offered by the IRIS scheme and Heinz Welling
IRIS Steering Committee member and Harting representative who shared his experience
as the first IRIS certified company.

The great interest and the huge Q/A session were highly appreciated.

IRIS Group expects further developments of the IRIS scheme in CIS countries soon.


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16NOV2007

IRIS and Tuev Rheinland in Milan: feedbacks from the seminar

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The workshop “IRIS 2008: a train you can’t miss”, organised by TÜV Rheinland Italia srl
together with TQM Consulting srl, took place in Milan on November 5th with the following
speakers:

•    Ing. Marco Fornara - TÜV Rheinland Italia srl
•    Ing. Giuseppe Greco – UNIFE
•    Dr. Bruno Paonessa – TQM Consulting srl
•    Ing. Luca Tuci – AnsaldoBreda
•    Dr. Massimo Mortarino – Moderator

In front of 40 participants, representing 36 companies, the whole path for the
upgrading of the existing quality system to the IRIS Business Management System
for the railway industry was explained into the details.

The workshop was positively evaluated by the attendants, who gave their active contribution
with specific questions and requests for in-depth analysis.

The documents of the workshop are available for download below.



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30OCT2007

IRIS seminar in Spain, Madrid

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Rina, international known entity in the certification of management systems and
approved by UNIFE as IRIS certification Body, and CETREN, NoBo in the Spanish
railway sector, both acting as notified body for the member state of the European
commission for the TSI certification, have agreed to work together in the
implementation of the IRIS system in the railway sector in Spain.

With the aim to know the IRIS standard, its benefits and the process to follow
for obtaining certification, all interested parties are invited to participate in the
seminar organized by RINA and CETREN UNIFE-IRIS with the collaboration of
UNIFE RINA and CETREN, which will take place November, 19th in the hotel Chamartin, Madrid.


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18OCT2007

IRIS Rev01 is about to go live!!

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The 1st of November 2007 is a date to keep in mind because it is the official
launch date of the new IRIS Rev01.

After one year and half the official launch of the first IRIS Standard and after
a huge and intensive improvement exercise, the IRIS Group is proud to announce
the evolution.

Certification audits against IRIS Rev00 can be performed until the end of 2007,
from January, 1st 2008 only Rev01 certification audits will be allowed.

The IRIS Rev01 booklet will be available from the IRIS Portal in 4 languages
(English, German, French and Italian) from November, 1st and its price will be 60 EUR + VAT.

IRIS booklet order page (Rev01 available from the 1st of November)

A few anticipations:

-    The Standard will be applicable to Rolling Stock AND Signalling
-    Companies shall have activities in manufacturing AND/OR design
-    Remote Functions rules improved
-    IRIS auditor time chart improved
-    Reduction scheme available for Companies upgrading from other standards
-    12 K.O. questions
-    The Audit-tool Version 2 will be the only source for the IRIS questionnaire
-    Specific Audit-tool Version 2 for companies with reduced costs (250 EUR per license)
      and special price to buy together the Audit-tool and the booklet (300 EUR)
-    New face to our stakeholders by improving the design of the IRIS Portal
-    …

The IRIS management Centre and the IRIS approved certification bodies will further support you.

contact the IMC
contact the Certification Bodies

Stay tuned

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10OCT2007

Tuev Rheinland seminar in Milan - IRIS 2008: a target you can’t fail!

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On November 5th, TÜV Rheinland Italia will organise a workshop in Milan in order to explain,
step by step, what companies should do in the next months in order to adapt their Management
System to the IRIS Standard Rev. 1: gap analysis, action plan, intervention areas, certification
process to obtain the final certification within the requested deadlines.

The meeting will be attended also by representatives of IRIS and of the System Integrators.

The workshop will be from 14 to 18, free of charge. Please send the attached registration form
within October 29th.


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28SEP2007

AENOR has been IRIS approved

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On September 12th 2007, AENOR signed the framework agreement with UNIFE to perform audits
 under the IRIS Scheme.  The agreement was signed by Ramon Naz Pajares, General Manager of
 AENOR and Michael Clausecker, General Manager of UNIFE and Bernard Kaufmann, General
Manager of the IRIS Management Centre.

AENOR is an organization dedicated to the development of standardization and certification
 in all industrial and service sectors. Its aim is to contribute to the improvement in
 quality and competitiveness of companies. AENOR has issued more than 30,000 management
system certificates and certified nearly 78.000 products, from its more than 30 offices
 in Spain, Europe and America. AENOR is a member of the certification network IQNet.
As standardization body, has a compete catalogue including more than 25.000 standards.
AENOR is an active member of ISO, IEC, CEN and CENELEC.

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19SEP2007

IFV Bahntechnik Expert seminar

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IRIS Management Centre will participate to the IFV Bahntechnik Expert seminar dedicated
to IRIS on October 18th & 19th, 2007 in Berlin.

The aim of the seminar is to share experiences and knowledge.

Please find attached the leaflet for this event.


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18SEP2007

IRIS Management Centre training

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In week 37 the IRIS Management Centre performed in Milan (Italy) the first IRIS training
 for IRIS auditors. According to the new training scheme the IRIS Management Centre is
from now on responsible for training and examining all new IRIS auditors for all approved
Certification Bodies to enhance transparency and equal assessment.  

The course was performed by the IRIS General Manager, Mr. Bernard Kaufmann,
supported by Mr. Gregor Pitikaris and Mr. Giuseppe Greco. People  attending the course
showed great interest in the subject. The feedbacks collected at the end demonstrated the
success of the training in line with the IRIS Management Centre expectations.

The next trainings are forecasted as follows:

From October the 23rd to the 26th in Brussels
From December the 4th to the 7th in Stuttgart

Please contact the IRIS Management Centre for further information at the following
address: nevena.petrova@unife.org

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24AUG2007

Announcement IRIS Training – TÜV SÜD

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TÜV SÜD Akademie GmbH conducts in collaboration with TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH a training for the qualification “internal IRIS Auditor”.

The training is in German language and takes place from 21.11. until 22.11.2007. After the training an examination for the qualification “internal Auditor IRIS” is performed on 23.11.2007.

Title: Interner Auditor IRIS
Date: 21.11. – 23.11.2007
Location: München

For detailed information please download the attached pdf-file.

Contact:
TÜV SÜD Akademie GmbH
Training Center München
Anita Grabinger
Westendstr. 199
Telefon: 089/ 5791-1620
Telefax: 089/ 5791-2671
e-mail: anita.grabinger@tuev-sued.de


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02AUG2007

TÜV Rheinland Italia has been IRIS approved

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On the 1st of August 2007 TÜV Rheinland Italia, represented by Mr. Ralf Schunk (Managing Director) has signed the Framework Agreement with UNIFE, represented by Mr. Bernard Kaufmann (IRIS General Manager) to perform IRIS audits an provide IRIS certification.

TÜV Rheinland is an international service group for certified safety and quality of systems, products and services with 340 locations in 58 countries and more than 10.000 employees.

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26JUL2007

IMQ - Istituto Italiano del Marchio di Qualità has been IRIS approved

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IMQ, Istituto Italiano del Marchio di Qualità and UNIFE, signed on the 2nd of August 2007
a Framework Agreement which allows IMQ to perform IRIS audits and issue IRIS certificates.
Mr. Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager and Mr. Giancarlo Zappa, IMQ General Manager,
signed the agreement at IMQ’s  headquarters.

IMQ is Italy’s leading organisation in conformity assessments (certification, tests,
verifications and inspections).
IMQ has issued more than 16,000 company’s management system certifications and delivered
120,000 product certifications worldwide.

IMQ provides wide-ranging and specific, targeted services in international context.

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24JUL2007

DEKRA Certification Gmbh has been IRIS approved

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DEKRA Certification, represented by Managing Director Mr. Thomas Bergler,  
has signed the Framework Agreement along with UNIFE, represented by
IRIS General Manager Mr. Bernard Kaufmann, and is thereby approved for the
IRIS certification worldwide.

More than 12.000 customers from all over the world have trust into DEKRA Certification
and its service which has been offered in more than 50 countries.
With over 750 auditors in a global network DEKRA Certification provides local
inspection and audit capacities in all key markets for over 30 industries.

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27JUN2007

IRIS presentation in Paris

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On June 22nd, the French Federation des Industries Mécaniques (FIM) has organized jointly with the
IRIS approved Certification Body AFAQ-AFNOR a awareness meeting on IRIS for their members in
Paris La Défense.
 
Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, presented the advantages to be IRIS certified for a railway
industry stakeholder. Among the current status and next improvements concerning the IRIS Standard,
he explaned the necessary steps to be ready for the target set by the System Integrators: to be
certified by early 2009.
Hubert de Blay, Chairman of the IRIS Steering Committee, before repeating the aims and expectations
of Alstom and the other System Integrators, went through the history of the IRIS Initiative to make
evident the need of the industry for a strong improvement scheme.
Gisèle Frisou, AFAQ auditor, and Francine Carvalho, Quality Manager of the IRIS certified Company DUHAMEL
shared their experiences with the audience.

Many questions were raised and we could notice a great interest on the initiative.
The FIM will now launch further meetings locally with its members to convince them to adopt the IRIS Standard.  

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24JUN2007

IRIS SteCo-Operators meeting

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Taking the advantage of the location for the UNIFE General Assembly 2007, the IRIS Steering Committee
 and Operators Associations representatives met on the 15th of June in Madrid.
The 2 Operators Associations, UIC and UITP, were represented respectively by Mr. Roland Merindol,
Director of the Supplier Quality Department in SNCF, and Mr. Yvon Noel, Technical Manager of the
Design Unit  for Rolling Stock Department in RATP.

After the introduction of the IRIS system status, the Operators representatives shared their opinions
about the IRIS Certification highlighting the major points such as awareness of IRIS in Operators
Companies, strength and weaknesses of the IRIS approach compared with Operators supplier certification
systems and Operator’s expectations.

Afterwards the discussion went through the definition of the targets and Principles of the railway
Operators involvement in the Development and Implementation of the IRIS Standard. The next meeting
scheduled in September 2007 will set up the base for a joint approach towards the IRIS development for
the upcoming years.

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26JUN2007

IRIS seminar in Florence, Italy

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On the 19th of June 2007, AICQ (the Italian Association for Quality Culture) organized in
Florence an IRIS Seminar with the support of UNIFE, all stakeholders of the IRIS Initiative
and all approved Certification Bodies.

UNIFE was represented by Giuseppe Greco, IRIS International Manager, who introduced the
IRIS system, giving a general overview on the Project and highlighting the actual status
and the way forward.
Cristina Bianchi, on behalf of RINA, and Emanuele di Nicolo' for Bureau Veritas Italia
went through the IRIS requirements explaining the evaluation and the assessment process.
n the afternoon, Roberto Pecchioli, the AnsaldoBreda representative as well as member of the
IRIS Steering Committee, gave the System Integratorspoint of view. He stressed out the
importance and the necessity for the whole Railway Industryto adopt as quickly as possible
the IRIS system and therefore benefit from the competitive edgethat the system represents
today for the main Industry Actors.

The day ended with a very long and participated Question and Answer session who gave the possibility
to the audience (more then 200 participants) to clarify any kind of doubt and to start planning
at best the way forward for the Italian railway Industry towards the IRIS Certification.


Please find the presentations available for download.


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23JUN2007

IRIS chairmanship handover

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During the last IRIS Steering Committee, held in Madrid on 15 June 2007 Andreas Heinzmann handed over his chairmanship to Hubert de-Blay.

Andreas held this position since the beginning of the IRIS initiative and the creation of the Steering Committee. He has driven the development of the scheme and its first year life with enormous conviction and trust in achieving an essential step for the global improvement of the Quality in the Railway Industry. He will remain in the IRIS Steering Committee as Bombardier Transportation representative.

Hubert is the Alstom Transport representative in the IRIS Steering Committee and also on board since the very beginning of the IRIS initiative. He was leading first tasks in the early 2003 on behalf of UITP Working Group which was dedicated to respond to the formal claim of the metro operators on towards new goals such as maintenance finalization and operators involvement.

The vice chairmanship of the IRIS Steering Committee changed also and Jens Grebe, Voith Turbo representative replaced Thomas Luxenhofer from Knorr-Bremse.

We thank the former responsible for their valuable work and wish big success for Hubert and Jens.

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22JUN2007

IRIS presentation at the UNIFE General Assembly

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This year the UNIFE General Assembly was organized in Madrid on 14 June. Andreas Heinzmann, chairman of the IRIS Steering Committee has presented the annual result of the IRIS Management Centre to the UNIFE members. The audience was pleased with the results and wished great success for the next year.

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25JUN2007

RailTech Russia

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From June 18th to 20th, 2007 the RailTech Russia exhibition took place in Moscow. During this event several conferences were organized on subjects like infrastructure, interoperability and standardization.

Bernard Kaufmann, the IRIS General Manager was invited to present the status and the next evolutions of the IRIS Standard. He highlighted the close go life of the Version 01 of the Standard and the improvements contained in, which confirms the high level of IRIS. He also informed about the next tasks defined in order to always keep IRIS as the reference for the Railway Industry.

During his journey, Bernard Kaufmann also visited several stands to discuss about IRIS. He distributed the new IRIS communication leaflet. He took the opportunity to meet Mr. Lipatov, the Quality and Technical Director of the Russian Railways to speak about the implementation process of IRIS within the Russian Railway Industry.

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12JUN2007

IRIS and Russian Railways in Sochi

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On May 24th & 25th, was organized in Sochi the 1520 Strategic Partnership Forum.
A workshop called “Rail Quality and Safety from Atlantic to Pacific” was held
within this event with various speakers from UIC, DBAG, Russian Railways JSC and IRIS.

The IRIS Management Centre was represented by Bernard Kaufmann who explained
the IRIS initiative to the numerous stakeholders of this huge 1520 area.
He insisted on the high level of the standard which applies to the whole supply chain.
The differences with ISO 9001:2000 were also discussed. Several contacts were taken
and discussion made around standard translation and training. The Russian Railways
are willing to improve quickly the Quality level of their suppliers and therefore are pushing
all the related initiatives.

After these first contacts, all stakeholders are confident that IRIS will be the answer for the
Quality improvements needed in the 1520 area.

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15MAY2007

Announcement IRIS Training – Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance GmbH

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Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance GmbH, approved international certification body for
IRIS certification, organizes IRIS training course in Germany in German language.

Date:       June, 14th 2007
               in 72622 Nürtingen, Hotel Am Schlossberg

For more information on the content, prices and a booking form,
please download: IRIS_0607.pdf (75 kB)
or visit the LRQA homepage under: www.lrqa.de

Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance GmbH
Bonner Straße 172-176
D - 50968 Köln
Tel: ++49 (0)221 937737 20
Fax: ++49 (0)221 937737 13
Email: training@lrqa.de


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10MAY2007

IRIS and RAIL related trainings organized by Bureau Veritas

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In May and June the Training department of Bureau Veritas organizes the special IRIS seminars:
June, 04th-06th 2007 - SF4 (3) "Internal System auditor for the railway transportation
industry (according to IRIS)"       

        (Prior participation of training SF1 "IRIS - Basics and requirements"
    and SF2 "Management review according to IRIS" is recommended)

May, 23rd 2007 - SF1 "IRIS - Basics and requirements"               
May, 24th 2007 - SF2 "Management review according to IRIS"       

All offered trainings can be organized as inhouse arrangements. On enquiry we gladly submit
an offer for you.
Please don´t hesitate to contact us either via the fax reply (enclosed in seminar information)
or online on www.bvtraining.de.


QM System meets IRIS requirements
For the adjustment of your certified quality management system (ISO 9001) to the IRIS requirements
Bureau Veritas offers a GAP-analysis as well as pre audits.

For enquiries please contact: Edeltraud Schaaf

Bureau Veritas Industry Services GmbH
Veritaskai 1
21079 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 40 23625120
Fax: +49 40 23625818
www.bureauveritas.de


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02APR2007

Handover of the IRIS General Manager position

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On April 2, 2007, Mr Bernard Kaufmann was elected to the position of General Manager IRIS (International Railway Industry Standards). This marks the hand over from Mr Michael Wix who represented IRIS for the past two years.

In the last years, IRIS has become more and more in demand as UNIFE, the governing body of IRIS, reaches out to the industry in hopes of creating one industrial standard across the globe.

Mr Andre Navarri, current Chairman of UNIFE thanked Mr Wix for his contribution in the IRIS Group and welcomed Mr Kaufman in his new and challenging position.

Biographies are shown below’:

Mr. Wix studied Electrical Telecommunications in Darmstadt and obtained a diploma of Academically Qualified Engineer for Electrical Engineering. In 1972 he joined Siemens and was engaged in the international sales department for Public Telephone Switching Systems for Asia. From 1977 to 1980 he worked for Siemens in Tripoli (Libya) as a sales manager for public telephone switching systems. In 1991 he changed within Siemens to the Transportation Systems Group, starting in the Rail Signalling and Safety Systems Division. Since 1997 he has been responsible for various tasks within the Corporate Quality Management of the Siemens Transportation Systems Group. In October 2005 he was appointed IRIS General Manager of the UNIFE IRIS Management Centre in Brussels and will now return to the Corporate Quality Management of the Siemens Transportation Systems Group.

Bernard Kaufmann studied Mechanical Design, obtained a diploma of Qualified Technician and later one on as Industrial Manager. He spent the most of his career in the railways site of Reichshoffen in France, at the beginning owned by De Dietrich company and now an Alstom site, were he held several positions in Design office, Quality management and Sourcing Quality. Since 2003, he was in charge of the Supplier Quality Development for the key components at Alstom Transport level. He joined the IRIS working groups in January 2005 and was the lead auditor for the two A components dry run audits in October 2005. He was involved in the implementation of the IRIS standard until it went go life. From April 2nd, 2007 he is appointed as IRIS General Manager within UNIFE in Brussels.

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26MAR2007

IRIS training courses by TÜV NORD for Internal IRIS Auditors in Germany in 2007

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TÜV NORD organizes two IRIS training courses for Internal IRIS Auditors in Germany in 2007:

Dates:

09 July to 11 July 2007 in Hannover
10 December to 12. December 2007 in Hannover.

For more information please download the attached PDF document.

Individual inhouse IRIS training courses can be also organized. Please contact TUEV NORD via tel. +49 511 986 1985or visit the homepage:www.tuev-nord.de.


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13MAR2007

DQS IRIS Forum on March 08, 2007 in Oberursel

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On March 08, 2007 an IRIS forum was organized by the IRIS-approved certification body DQS (German Registrar for Management Systems) in Oberursel (near Frankfurt/Main) with more than 50 potential IRIS clients.

Mr. Michael Drechsel, Director General of DQS, opened the forum and welcomed the representatives of the railway equipment manufacturers who attended the forum to prepare themselves for the planned IRIS certification of their companies. The IRIS Management Centre was represented in Oberursel by the IRIS General Manager, Mr. Michael Wix. He explained to the potential IRIS clients the benefits and guiding principles of IRIS as well as the differences respectively add-ons compared to ISO 9001:2000. Mr. Axel Schuppe, Director General of VDB (Association of German Railway Industries) pointed out the importance of quality improvements in the railway industry and illustrated the position of rail way operators (e. g. DB and SNCF) towards IRIS. Details of the IRIS certification process, assessment guideline, requirements and questionnaire were presented by Mr. Hans Jahn, DQS IRIS Project Director. Harting Technology Group, a company specialized in electrical and electronic connectivity and network technology, was the first company in the world to be IRIS certified. The General Manager of the Corporate Quality Management of Harting, Mr. Heinz Welling, emphasized on the significance of the IRIS certification process for his company:”The IRIS certification represents the next step in cooperation with the railway industry”.

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26FEB2007

IRIS roll out in Europe

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IRIS certification has already  been achieved in various Eurropean countries, such as Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

On February 20, 2007 an IRIS presentation, organized by TUEV NORD Czech, took place in Prague with more than 60 potential IRIS clients. The Association of Czech Railway Industry was represented by the Executive Director, Mrs. Marie Alzbeta Vopálenská who pointed out the importance of quality improvements in the railway industry supply chain. Dr. Holger Schmidt, Corporate Quality Management, Siemens Transportation Systems, emphasized the benefits of IRIS and explained to the audience the commitment of the system integrators Alstom Transport, AnsaldoBreda, Bombardier Transportation and Siemens Transportation Systems, not to initiate and/or perform business management system audits at equipment manufacturers with a valid IRIS certificate. The IRIS Management Centre was represented in Prague by the IRIS General Manager, Mr. Michael Wix. He made clear to the potential IRIS clients that they can approach the IRIS Management Centre for any assistance regarding their forthcoming IRIS certification.

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23FEB2007

UK Certification Body Promotes IRIS

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On February 22, 2007 an IRIS presentation was organized by the IRIS-approved certification body Lloyd´s Register Quality Assurance Ltd (Coventry, UK) in Bremen in order to promote IRIS in Germany and to gain new clients for IRIS certifications.

The IRIS Management Centre was represented in Bremen by the IRIS General Manager, Mr. Michael Wix, who explained to the audience the guiding principles of IRIS as well as the benefits of this new International Railway Industry Standard. He furthermore explained the considerable differences between IRIS and ISO 9001:2000, such as project management, maturity levels and scoring, assessment methodology, corrective or improvement actions, knock-out questions, procedures/processes required and requirements for auditors.

Potential IRIS clients were invited to approach the IRIS Management Centre for any assistance regarding their forthcoming IRIS certification.

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21FEB2007

IRIS Certification officially introduced to the Polish Railway Industry

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On the 8th of February 2007 SIRTS (Polish Railway Association, www.sirts.pl) organized a workshop
named "Certification of State Holders, Products and Services in Railway Transport System".
About 90 participants from over 50 companies attended the Workshop, most of them being directly involved
in management or quality management responsibilities within the Polish Railway Industry.

Giuseppe Greco, IRIS International Manager, showed IRIS peculiarities and benefits. 45 minutes of Q&A followed
and the debate focused mostly on the possibility for the Operators to join the IRIS Group in the future,
on specific IRIS requirements compared with the ISO 9001 as well as the future plans for IRIS growth.

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20FEB2007

Italian booklet available for purchase

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The IRIS booklet has been translated into Italian language and is available for purchasing.

The IRIS booklet can be ordered today choosing between 4 different languages (English, German, French and Italian) just clicking here.

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09JAN2007

Announcement IRIS Training – LRQA GmbH

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LRQA, approved international certification body for IRIS certification, organizes IRIS
training courses in Germany in German language.

Dates:        February, 22nd 2007
                          in 28357 Bremen, Hotel Landgut Horn
                   April, 24th 2007
                          in 40699 Erkrath, Hotel Mercure
                   June, 14th 2007
                          in 72622 Nürtingen, Hotel Am Schlossberg

For more information on the content, prices and a booking form, please download:
IRIS_2007_1.pdf (75 kB) or visit the LRQA homepage under: www.lrqa.de.


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18DEC2006

IRIS Improvements Workshop

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The IRIS working groups have been challenging the IRIS Standard during a 3 days workshop which took place in Bombardier Headquarters in Berlin from the 11th to the 13th of December.
The sub-WG 1, named “Certification process and assessment guideline” focused on key subject such as the possibility to develop a “Corporate” audit scheme as it already works for Automotive, how to upgrade to IRIS coming from other certification schemes such as EN 9100 or TS 16949, the qualifications for the witness auditors and the development of a witness auditing guideline.
On the other side the sub-WG 2, named “Requirements and questionnaire”, discussed about the reorganization of the questionnaire in terms of chapter renumbering and total number of questions. Moreover they talked about the feasibility of having non-manufacturing railway related company such as Distributors, Sales, Engineering and Service to get independent IRIS Certificates.
Finally the sub-WG 3, named “Audit-tool and Portal”, finalized the already approved new features for the Audit-tool and the IRIS Portal. Additionally the priority for the most important points has been agreed and the changes will be carried out in the next months. The target is to release the new version of the Audit-tool and the new functionalities if the IRIS Portal together with the new IRIS Booklet Rev 01 in June 2007.
The whole working group members had the chance to debate all the above mentioned points and more, the next step will be to gain the approval for the major changes during the next Steering Committee which is scheduled to take place at the end of January 2007.

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18DEC2006

Full steam ahead: Training for internal IRIS auditors a big success

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DGQ and DQS worked together to bring forth a joint training program in accordance with the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS), which was published under the leadership of the Association of European Railway Industries (UNIFE). Participants who successfully attend the training and pass the final exam will become fully qualified Internal IRIS Auditors. 
The training is designed for supervisors, quality representatives, quality managers, as well as anyone in the railway or railway supply industries responsible for implementing a quality management system according to IRIS.
Without an exception all of the participants proved to be ambitious and hungry for knowledge. It was their goal to use the new standard to secure competitive advantages and a leading market position for their companies. The experience and know-how of the two trainers, Hans Jahn of DQS and Wolfgang Minks, allowed them to answer all unresolved questions, and all the participants agreed that the training had been a big success. 
In the end every one of the participants passed their exam and received an Internal Auditor Certificate according to IRIS, making them true pioneers of this new standard for the railway industry. 
The next scheduled dates for training and exam are 27 Feb to 2 March, 2007 and 12 to 15 June 2007 in Frankfurt am Main
Trainings are held in German.
For more detailed information in German, please see www.dgq.de or go directly to
http://www.dgq.de/quk/sem-iris-n.htm.

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14DEC2006

DQS IRIS Client Forum on November 28, 2006 in Frankfurt

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More than 50 clients, interested in the IRIS certification process, attended the DQS IRIS Client Forum
on November 28, 2006 in Frankfurt.
The IRIS General Manager, Michael Wix explained to the potential IRIS clients the development of the
IRIS initiative, the current status of the IRIS deployment as well as the planned extension of the standard
from rolling stock to railway signalling and maintenance.
Mr. Hans Jahn from DQS described the IRIS certification process in detail emphasizing on the relationship
between IRIS clients and an IRIS approved certification body. The highlight of the event was the presentation
of Heinz Welling, General Manager of Corporate Quality, of HARTING KGaA in Espelkamp, Germany. 
Harting KGaA is specialized to produce industrial connectors, printed circuit board connectors,
cable assemblies, fiber optic systems and components (a considerable part of their products is delivered
for railway purposes) and the first company worldwide certified according to the International Railway
Industry Standard.  Heinz Welling pointed out that the IRIS certification resulted in some major improvements
of specific processes and procedures within the company and that the IRIS certification is considered as an
important milestone regarding the cooperation of HARTING and the railway industry.

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29SEP2006

TÜV SÜD has been IRIS approved

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TÜV SÜD and UNIFE agreed that Munich-based TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH will in
future conduct audits on behalf of IRIS and will be authorized to issue the corresponding certificates.

The agreement was signed on 25 September 2006 (L to R): Dr Ulrich Nagel, TÜV SÜD
Management Services, Michael Wix, IRIS General Manager, Prof Dr Peter Schaff, Head
of PEOPLE strategic business segment of TÜV SÜD, and Kay Feder, TÜV SÜD Management
Services.

TÜV SÜD is among the leading international service companies with approximately 10,000 staff
at over 500 locations worldwide.
TÜV SÜD Management Services provides certification services for quality, environmental
and occupational health and safety management systems. To date, its approx. 700 employees
have conducted 32,000-plus certification processes worldwide.

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31OCT2006

French booklet available for purchase

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The IRIS booklet has been translated into French language and is available for purchasing.

The IRIS booklet can be ordered today choosing between 3 different languages (English, German and French) just clicking here.

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11OCT2006

DNV ready for IRIS Certification

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On the 1st of September the independent foundation DNV (Det Norske Veritas) signed the
Framework Agreement with UNIFE to perform IRIS Audits and issue IRIS certificates.
Mr. Nico Kim, General Manager DNV Zertifizierung und Umweltgutachter GmbH, and Mr. Michael Wix,
IRIS General Manager signed the document in the German office in Essen.
DNV is a global provider of services for managing risk established in 1864 with the objective
of safeguarding life, property and the environment.
The foundation comprises 300 offices in 100 countries, with 6,100 employees.

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29SEP2006

The Audit-Tool Version 1.0 is ready!

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The IRIS Audit-Tool is the software solution for recording and evaluating audit data as well as
generating standardised reports of audits performed against the International Railway Industry
Standard. The IRIS audit-Tool facilitates the export of completed audits to the IRIS Audit-Portal.

The IRIS Audit-Tool offers a wide range of benefits:

  • Easy collection of audit data through a user-friendly interface;
  • Quick and error-free redaction of audits reports against the International Railway Industry Standard;
  • Automated evaluation of the audit results by dynamic computation of all relevant items;
  • Simple and save export of completed audits to the IRIS Audit-Portal;
  • Simple exchange of audit files between the auditor and his/her competent certification body;
  • An update option provides constant access to the most recent IRIS version.

The Audit-Tool is available for purchasing from the Portal for all registered companies and Certification Bodies, to know more or proceed with the purchase please click here.

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28SEP2006

IRIS Seminar at Innotrans 2006 - Berlin

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IRIS seminar took place on Friday the 22nd of September at Innotrans 2006.

The seminar gave an overview of IRIS certification, also illustrating what has been achieved and
what will be the upcoming targets. The main participants were equipment manufacturers, system
integrators and national associations representatives.

Mr. Heinzmann, chairman of the IRIS Steering Committee, introduced the IRIS Certification
explaining its main aspects and requirements also in comparison with the ISO9001:2000 Quality
Management System.
One of the first IRIS certified company, Hasler Rail AG, represented by its CEO P. Stauffer,
reported the challenging experience of improving their internal quality system to match the IRIS
requirements. The testimony of experience of a certification body was given by Mr. Brandt,
Manager in head of TÜV NORD CERT GmbH. He told the audience when and how to start the
IRIS process also in combination with other Management System Certifications and how to
minimize the risks of failing.
The technical background of the Aerospace Standard 9100 was explained by Mr. Clarke from
Bombardier Canada, Chairman of the Americas Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG).
He gave an interesting evaluation of the benefits of having a tailor-made Industry Quality Standard
and pointed out the key success factors.On the other hand, Mr. Lars Walther, CEO of Bureau
Veritas Rail GmbH, discussed about the synergy between IRIS and TSI certification from a
practical point of view and the possible cost savings in terms of financial and human efforts.
A similar subject was developed by Mr. Potrafke, Deputy Managing Director of
EISENBAHN-CERT, who illustrated the benefits and the difficulties of the incorporation of IRIS
standard in the relevant TSI.
Finally Mr. Losfelt, deputy Director of Purchasing SNCF, gave the operator’s point of view also
comparing the IRIS Certification with the Suppliers Qualification System at SNCF. He envisaged
the possibility of involving the Operators in the next IRIS working groups in order to better
understand and develop the Operators requirement and include them in the next revision of the IRIS
Standard.

This would be a huge step forward for the success of the IRIS initiative and the audience showed
great interest in this issue: many questions were raised in the last twenty minutes and the following
debate closed the event proving that the IRIS initiative is an attention-getting subject and a possible
big hit for the entire railway Industry.

Please find below available for download the full PowerPoint presentation.


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27SEP2006

DQS and IRIS are moving forward

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DQS GmbH handed over their second IRIS Certificate during the International Railway Trade Fair
InnoTrans by representatives of the certification body DQS and UNIFE.

The IRIS certificate was presented to Alcan Extruded Products which, during a certification
audit conducted in August 2006 in the foil rolling plant located in Singen, Germany,
demonstrated the successful implementation of the IRIS requirements.

Next DQS events:

- IRIS forum on the 28th Nov 2006 in Oberursel, Germany, near Frankfurt am Main, to explain
and discuss the benefits that Companies gather from the IRIS Certification.

For more information visit the webpage www.dqs.de or write to hans.jahn@dqs.de;
 
- IRIS Internal Auditor Qualification Course, organized together with The German Society for
Quality (DGQ) and based on the guidelines of UNIFE. Prerequisite for the three-day training
course is an initial qualification of DGQ Quality Representative and Internal Auditor. The
training ends with a final exam to demonstrate the knowledge gained.
Period 29 Nov 2006 - 01 Dec  2006.

For more information visit the website www.dgq.de, topic: “Qualifikation & Karriere”,
heading: “Seminare”.

On the picture: successful IRIS certification - ltr: Hans Jahn (DQS), Hubert Wetzel (Alcan),
Michael Wix (UNIFE), Giuseppe Greco (UNIFE) and Thierry Mootz (Alcan) at the UNIFE fair booth



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04SEP2006

ALSTOM becomes the first railway manufacturer to receive IRIS certification

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ALSTOM has decided to apply the IRIS Standard to its own production facilities as from 2006.
The first facility to be selected is the Ornans site in the Doubs department where traction
and auxiliary motors and alternators for all types of railway rolling stock are designed
and developed.

The facility employs 460 staff and manages more than 10 projects simultaneously
(including motors for trams and the Eastern TGV (high-speed train) network).
More than 250 questions were asked by the auditors and had to be answered to obtain
certification.

In the coming months, the Le Creusot and Tarbes plants will be the next ALSTOM facilities
to seek IRIS certification - which can be simultaneously granted with ISO 9001 certification
on completion of a single audit.


To receive more information please contact:

Céline Wolf
Tel. + 33 (0)3 88 90 04 40
celine.wolf@transport.alstom.com
    
Eric Lenoir
Tel. + 33 (0)1 41 66 98 74
eric.lenoir@transport.alstom.com

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31AUG2006

IRIS Seminar during Innotrans 2006 in Berlin

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The IRIS Management Center with UNIFE organize a seminar completely dedicated
to the introduction of the upcoming IRIS Standard for Railway Industry that will
take place on Friday 22nd of September from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. 2006
during InnoTrans, in Berlin, Germany.

The aim of this conference is to introduce the International Railway Industry
Standard (IRIS) and to explain the consequences and benefits of the IRIS quality
standard from different views (please review the Agenda enclosed).

If you would like to know more about the IRIS Certification Scheme, e.g. how to
achieve this competitive edge or similar questions occur to you then you should
participate in this conference.

If you are interested in participating we would appreciate if you could kindly
confirm your participation by sending the respond form to the IRIS Management
Center not later then Monday 11th of September 2006 by fax or e-mail.

You are more than welcome to visit the UNIFE stand (hall 2.2, stand 221) during
InnoTrans, where the IRIS representatives gladly inform you about the IRIS
certification.

Please find below the program of the Seminar and the Reply Form.


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28AUG2006

LRQA organizes IRIS training courses in Germany in German language.

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LRQA, one of the certification bodies that is approved for IRIS certification from UNIFE,
 will hold two 1 day IRIS training courses.

Dates:      October, 24th 2006 (9.00 a.m. – 16.30 p.m.)
                in 40699 Erkrath (near Düsseldorf) – Hotel Mercure
    
                November, 16th 2006 (9.00 a.m. – 16.30 p.m.)
                in 70439 Stuttgart – Hotel Novotel

For more information on the content, prices and a booking form, you can download:
IRIS_101106.pdf (75 kB) or visit the LRQA homepage under: www.lrqa.de


LRQA GmbH
Bonner Straße 172-176
D - 50968 Köln
Tel: ++49 (0)221 937737 20
Fax: ++49 (0)221 937737 13
Email: training@lrqa.de


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20JUL2006

IRIS Commitment of System Integrators signed by the four CEOs

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The four CEOs of the System Integrators who have actively contributed to develop the IRIS System have signed a commitment, which is important for the future and the success of the IRIS initiative.

The document is shown in the picture.

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13JUL2006

HARTING Technology Group receives the first IRIS certificate in the world

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HARTING Technology Group is the first company in the world to be certified to IRIS,
the new standard for the railway industry, by DQS. HARTING, a company specialized in electrical
and electronic connectivity and network technology, has been certified to ISO 9001 since the
year 1991 already. This standard provided the basis for the development of IRIS, where the
railway industry specified its particular requirements. Unlike ISO 9001, an IRIS evaluation is
based on scoring. During the assessment in April 2006 HARTING surpassed the required level of
fulfillment by far.

With more than 2,000 employees in 23 countries, HARTING Technology Group develops, designs, and
manufactures products for a wide range of applications. Transportation technology is one of the company’s
main pillars, next to mechanical engineering, factory automation and telecommunications. Mrs. Margrit Harting,
manager executive and partner of HARTING KGaA, states: “The new IRIS certification represents the next step
in cooperation with the railway industry for our company.”

For more information contact

Hans Jahn
DQS Product manager
hans.jahn@dqs.de
www.dqs.de

in the picture: DQS auditors Hans Jahn (left.) and Wolfgang Minks (right) present 
the IRIS certificate to Margrit Harting, Manager Executive of HARTING KGaA

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28JUN2006

IRIS addendum available for download

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The aim of the addendum is to inform about improvements/clarifications in the IRIS booklet,
revision 00, March 2006.
As per decision of the IRIS Steering Committee the next official revision of the IRIS booklet will be
conducted in 2007. The feedback received by auditors, clients, etc. during the implementation phase
will be analysed by the IRIS Group and communicated to all interested parties via the present
addendum.
The addendum is provided in each IRIS booklet or can be downloaded from the IRIS Portal
with the link beneath.


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06JUN2006

RINA signed the contract with IRIS Group

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On the 31st of May 2006 RINA, Registro Navale Italiano, represented by Mr. Domenico Andreis (Director of Certification Division) signed the Framework Agreement with UNIFE, represented by Mr. Michael Wix (IRIS General Manager).

RINA is the sixth official Certification Body entitled to audit the IRIS Standard and issue IRIS Certificates to all interested companies in Italy and abroad.

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02JUN2006

IRIS official launch

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On the 18th of May 2006, Mr. Andreas Heinzmann, chairman of the IRIS Steering Committee, officially announced the launch of IRIS during the UNIFE General Assembly 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Now equipment manufacturers are able to apply for the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) from the Certification Body of their choice instead of going through auditing by the different system integrators.

Once a supplier is certified IRIS, the rolling stock system integrators would no longer require additional business management audits from their side.

Where do we stand today:

  • Auditors have been trained and examined under UNIFE supervision;
  • The IRIS Portal (www.iris-rail.org) is on-line showing its database final layout;
  • The Standard and the Audit Tool are available for purchasing directly from the  IRIS portal;
  • The IRIS Management Centre is fully operational in UNIFE Offices, Brussels;
  • Six certification bodies have been approved to perform the audits;

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10MAY2006

LRQA organizes IRIS Training in Düsseldorf

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LRQA, one of the first certification bodies that has gained approval from UNIFE for IRIS certification, will hold a 1 day IRIS training course.
Date: June 27th, 2006 (9.00 a.m. - 16.30 p.m.)
Location: 40699 Erkrath (near Düsseldorf) - Hotel Mercure
For more information on the content, prices and a booking form, you can visit the LRQA homepage under: http://www.lrqa.de

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13APR2006

Announcement: IRIS official presentation toward ERPC

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On the 4th of April 2006, Mr. Hubert de Blay, member of the IRIS Steering Committee, officially introduced IRIS to operators during the ERPC Meeting in Paris.
The first part of the meeting was a presentation of IRIS. Mr. de Blay explained the background and the benefits of the initiative. He also described the distinction between IRIS and ISO 9001.
The second part of the meeting was dedicated to an exchange with the audience. Questions such as the role of Operators in the initiative and the link with the existing system were raised.

The ERPC - European Railway Purchasing Conference is a body of the UIC (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer). Created by both Operators and Infrastructure Managers, it encourages and supports the development of professional purchasing processes within its members company.

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