RSSB is improving the Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) to support supply chain management, in line with the industry’s health and safety strategy.
RISQS currently uses an IT portal that does not meet industry’s needs, so RSSB is set to introduce changes to deliver cost savings and greater control of the scheme. This includes member support, such as billing and verification, and audit services.
RISQS provides a recognised qualification service, so that the 118 registered industry buyers can access easily and efficiently make a match for the product or service they require from the 4,300 registered suppliers, safe in the knowledge that they will comply with EU and GB rail and procurement legislation. It is supported by organisations across the industry, including Network Rail, Transport for London, Rail Delivery Group and the Rail Supply Group.
Director of System Safety George Bearfield sponsors the project and says: RISQS provides a perfect example of how the industry can best work together to bring greater assurance and efficiencies throughout the whole supply chain. RSSB is committed to bringing an enhanced RISQS service to the industry, and putting us on a footing to continually enhance the service to the needs of an evolving railway.
The changes will be implemented in the next two years, and will go live in 2018.