Design, production/manufacturing, testing, and conformity assessment of welded railway vehicles, components, and assemblies are part of the EN 15085 standard series. Minimum requirements of the qualification of expert personnel are addressed in EN 15085 and concurrent with ISO 14731.
Therewith, it provides input to design processes and sets requirements for the quality system, welding process approvals, welder performance and welding operator qualifications, inspection and approval processes, as well as personnel qualification.
EN 15085 Certification is a recommended practice for any railway equipment manufacturer that supplies to companies located in any of the European Member States. Other countries, i.e. China, recognizes EN 15085 as a performance and quality mandate.
The EN 15085 standard series outlines manufacturer assessment and approval requirements, as related to products, services, and the scope of the manufacturer’s portfolio of welded products. Without this approval, welded products may not be accepted for operation. EN 15085 can be viewed as a manufacturers’ and fabrication compliance standard and statement, which often is an integral part of the final product compliance collective of rail equipment.