Interoperability of the Rail System

Based on the Directives on interoperability of the rail system within the European Union, the process was initiated aiming at ensuring safe and unhindered rail transportation across member states’ rail systems. The currently valid Directive on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union (2016/797/EU) and applicable technical specifications for interoperability (TSI) related to specific railway structural subsystems stipulate essential requirements for interoperability and safety. Those shall be adhered to by the manufacturers and service providers during design, manufacturing, and installation in the infrastructural subsystems.

Consequently, each interoperability component has to be assessed for its conformity and its suitability for use. 

In case of new builds, reconstructions, or upgrades of infrastructure or rail stock, an appropriate procedure for EC verification of railway structural subsystems is required.

Conformity assessment of components and their suitability for use or EC verification of railway structural subsystems are carried out by the Notified Bodies in accordance with procedures harmonized with the requirements of the modules set forth in a certain technical specification. It is requested by the applicant (customer, manufacturer, installer, etc.) in order to prove that all requirements have been met during the design, manufacturing, and assembly/installation.

As a result, EC declaration of conformity or suitability for use or declaration of verification is issued, together with the accompanying technical file. That is one of the key prerequisites to obtain the authorization to place in service a subsystem applied for at the safety authority (Public Agency for railway transport). EC declarations are valid in all EU member states and are available to all interested parties in the ERADIS – European Railway Agency Database of Interoperability and Safety.

In accordance with the Railway Traffic Safety Act (ZVZelP-1), Q Techa has been authorized as a Designated Body (DeBo) for conformity assessment with the national rules of the Republic of Slovenia.

In addition, the applicant has to prove the subsystem conformity with the national regulations of a member state when:

  • Certain technical aspects corresponding to the essential requirements are not explicitly covered in a TSI, including open points
  • Non-conformance or deviation from TSI has been notified (Article 7)
  • There is a specific case that requires the use of technical regulations which are not included in a specific TSI
  • National regulations are used for technical compatibility assessment of a vehicle and existing rail system
  • Vehicles and rail systems are not included in TSI
  • Received requests for verification of structural subsystems and conformity assessment of interoperability components
  • A temporary preventive measure is necessary, especially after an accident.

In accordance with the Directive 2016/797/EU and the requirements of the Railway Traffic Safety Act (ZVZelP-1, Q Techna d.o.o. has been authorized as the:

  • Notified Body (NoBo) for conformity assessment of technical specifications for interoperability, and
  • Designated Body (DeBo) for conformity assessment with the national rules of the Republic of Slovenia.

The authorizations are valid for the following railway structural subsystems:

  • Infrastructure,
  • Energy,
  • Control-command and signaling track-side,
  • Control-command and signaling on-board,
  • Rolling stock.

Q Techna is a full member of the international non-profit organization of the notified bodies for interoperability in the railway sector, NB-Rail Association.

Dušan Balažič

Dušan Balažič

Head of Notified Body

+386 7 49 12 417
+386 41 735 487
dusan.balazic@qtechna.si
interoperabilnost@qtechna.si

Tomaž Motoh

Tomaž Motoh

Deputy Head of Notified Body

+386 1 42 04 387
+386 41 544 008
tomaz.motoh@qtechna.si
interoperabilnost@qtechna.si

Current projects

# Naročnik/Applicant Projekt/Project
1 2TDK d.o.o. Verifikacija gradnje 2. tira Divača-Koper.
2 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacija in ureditve izvennivojskih dostopov na 9 železniških postajah na JŽI.
3 Tiring d.o.o. Verifikacija projektiranja nadgradnje železniške postaje Ljubljana.
4 GH HOLDING d.o.o. Izvedba verifikacije po TSI CCS in nacionalnih predpisih na projektu »Vgradnja ERTMS/ETCS na progah d.m.-Dobova-Zidani Most in Pragersko-Maribor-Šentilj-d.m.«
5 INSTITUT IGH / GRANOVA Verifikacija podsistemov infrastruktura, energija in vodenje-upravljanje in signalizacija ob progi za fazo projektiranja na projektu »IZGRADNJA DRUGOG KOLOSIJEKA, OBNOVA I MODERNIZACIJA ŽELJEZNIČKE PRUŽNE DIONICI ŠKRLJEVO-RIJEKA-JURDANI«.
6 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacija v skladu s TSI ENE, TSI INF in TSI SRT za novogradnjo odseka 595+900 do 599+600 na progi Maribor-Šentilj-d.m.
7 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacija podsistemov infrastruktura in energija za nadgradnjo odseka žel. proge Maribor-Šentilj-d.m. ter 4 železniških postaj in novogradnja odseka 595+900 do 599+600 z nacionalnimi predpisi.
8 Plasser&Theurer GmbH Verifikacija šestih (6) vozil v skladu z evropsko zakonodajo.
9 Iskra d.o.o. Verifikacija podsistema vodenje-upravljanje in signalizacija ob progi z nacionalnimi predpisi na projektu Nadgradnja SV naprav na železniški progi št. 30 Zidani Most-Šentilj-d.m.
10 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacija projektiranja podhoda pod železniško progo v kraju Pavlovci.
11 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacije izvedenih del na podsistemu energija pri nadgradnji odseka železniške proge Ljubljana-Brezovica.
12 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacija izvedenih del na podsistemu infrastruktura pri nadgradnji železniškega vozlišča Pragersko.
13 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacija projektne dokumentacije in izvedenih del po TSI za INF in ENE na P. Šmartno ob Paki.
14 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacija podsistema »ENE« in »VUS ob progi« v okviru umestitve izvennivojskih dostopov na devetih (9) postajah na JŽI s TSI in z nacionalnimi predpisi.
15 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacija skladnosti projektne dokumentacije in izvedenih del s TSI in z nacionalnimi predpisi za podsistem Infrastruktura za nadgradnjo železniške postaje Škofljica.
16 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacija projektiranja in izvedenih del na podsistemu infrastruktura pri gradnji novega podvoza in novega postajališča Ledina.
17 Tiring d.o.o. Verifikacija projektne dokumentacije za nadgradnjo železniške infrastrukture na območju železniških postaj Brezovica in Preserje po evropskih in nacionalnih predpisih.
18 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacija podsistema »ENE« in »VUS ob progi« v okviru umestitve izvennivojskih dostopov na devetih (9) postajah na JŽI s TSI in z nacionalnimi predpisi.
19 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Pregled in verifikacija skladnosti podsistema infrastruktura glede TSI in nacionalnih predpisov v okviru izvedbe nadgradnje železniškega postajališča Ravne na Koroškem.
20 Swietelsky d.o.o. EZ provjera TSI INF i TSI PRM, za fazu projektiranja i izvođenja radova na projektu Modernizacija i elektrifikacija željezničke pruge na dionici Zaprešić–Zabok.
21 SŽ-PP d.d. Verifikacija IZN po TSI INF (PRM) za nadgradnjo žel. infrastrukture na območju postaje Nova Gorica za podsistem.
22 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacija podsistema infrastruktura v okviru vzpostavitve centralnega sistema za obveščanje potnikov na železniški infrastrukturi s TSI in nacionalnimi predpisi.
23 SŽ-PP d.d. Verifikacija IZN po TSI INF (PRM) za nadgradnjo žel. infrastrukture na območju postaje Nova Gorica za podsistem.
24 Iskra d.d. Verifikacija podsistema CCT po TSI in nacionalnih predpisih za postajo Prvačina.
25 Iskra d.d. Verifikacija vgradnje sistema števcev osi po TSI in nacionalnih predpisih na postaji Štanjel.
26 Tiring d.o.o. Verifikacija projektne dokumentacije IZN za nadgradnjo odseka MB-Ruše na regionalni železniški progi št. 34 MB-Prevalje-d.m. in nadgradnjo železniške infrastrukture na območju železniškega trikotnika v MB po referenčnih evropskih predpisih.
27 MZI, Direkcija RS za infrastrukturo Verifikacija skladnosti projektne dokumentacije in izvedenih del za podvoz pod ž. p. v Boštanju na G1-5/0333 s TSI in nacionalnimi predpisi.

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