The legal framework for the certification of entities in charge of maintenance (ECM) of freight wagons (Commission Regulation (EU) 445/2011) allows EU Member States to choose whether the certification body function is carried out by a private (accredited or recognised) or public (the national safety authority) body. ORR, as a national safety authority in the UK, has carried out the certification body since the legislation took effect in 2012 and we have reviewed this position every two years with a view to considering stepping away from the role when the market for accredited organisations had developed.
Following a review in 2016 ORR has concluded that there are now sufficient accredited bodies in the market to allow it withdraw from performing the ECM certification body function.
We invited industry stakeholders to provide comments on the proposals set out in the consultation document.
List of respondents to the review of ORR’s certification body function for entities in charge of maintenance of freight wagons.
We have considered the comments made:
- in response to the consultation; and
- at an industry seminar we hosted on 9 June 2017.
A summary of the key outcomes is set out below.