Belgorail is an inspection and certification body which was founded in June 2004 to cover the need for voluntary and regulatory certification in the rail sector.
Belgorail's founders were:
and Certification Body
for the Technology Industry
With the know-how and expertise of the three founders incorporated into a single certification body, Belgorail has all the required competencies for its diverse missions.
In July 2017, Belgorail joined the Certifer Group.
From its creation, Belgorail has sought to meet the requirements imposed on rail system certification and inspection bodies at both national and international level. These requirements are those applicable to notified bodies, approved bodies operating in a national framework and product inspection and certification bodies.
In this regard Belgorail has ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation relating to requirements applicable to bodies certifying products and ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation relating to requirements applicable to bodies performing inspections.
Belgorail’s accreditation has been granted by BELAC, the accreditation organisation operating under the responsibility of the Belgian State.
These accreditations, registered and described under reference 335-PROD and 335-INSP, were accorded following several audits and in-depth analysis of the company’s modus operandi.
In accordance with the general provisions specific to certification bodies, our Administrative Board has set up a Certification Committee, an Advisory Committee and an Appeals Committee. These different committees ensure, among other things, the impartiality of Belgorail in its operation.
From its creation, Belgorail has progressively extended its activities to become:
- a Notified Body (NoBo) in accordance with European Directive 2008/57/EC
- an officially recognised body for verification of compliance with Notified National Technical Rules in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Spain and the Netherlands (in European terminology a “Designated Body”/DeBo)
- a body responsible for coordination and execution of Rolling Stock Testing
- an Inspection Body in the rail sector
- an Independent Safety Assessment body (ISA)
- a Risk Management Methods assessment body (AsBo) in the framework of Common Safety Methods regulations
- a Certification Body for Entities in Charge of Maintenance (ECM certification) and Maintenance Workshops
- a Voluntary Verification body for all cases where a rail sector company wishes to ascertain the quality of a product, items of equipment or a service and compliance with the relevant standards
Our company has also established various partnerships that have enabled it to broaden its battery of inspectors and auditors and extend the range of services offered.