As we begin to adapt to the ‘new normal’, the RISAS scheme continues to undergo many changes and this newsletter will provide some further insight into the changes you can expect in the future.

RISAS Scheme Manager

RISAS Scheme and the Covid-19 outbreak

Like other organisations, RSSB who deliver the RISAS scheme, have had to adapt to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We continue to follow formal guidelines to minimise the spread of the virus and ensure the health and safety of our staff, customers and suppliers. We have implemented contingency plans to ensure the continuous operation of the scheme. You can read about what we are doing in our continued efforts to minimise the spread.

The future of RISAS 

The original intent for RISAS was to support the rail industry in managing its supply chain risk for all safety critical products and services. However, RISAS is currently mainly focussed on rolling stock aftermarket services, such as maintenance, overhaul and refurbishment. The rail industry is currently working together on how RISAS can be enhanced to deliver further safety critical supplier assurance for more of the rail sector.

Are you seeing NIRs for RISAS-certified suppliers?

A RISAS certificate means the supplier is best-in-class, but this doesn’t mean rail vehicles will be immune from safety-related defects altogether. Effective use of NIRs means industry continues to share important learning and intelligence across all companies. The answer to this question, alongside answers to other questions you may have are available on our myth busting FAQ page

RISAS Case Study: Unipart Rail

Unipart Rail has been involved in the support and development of RISAS and its objectives for many years. The company has always seen the benefits that RISAS provides, ensuring the safety, integrity and quality of product and services it supplies to its customers from a diverse domestic and international supply chain. Why not read more on the Unipart experience.