•   world-wide recognition of the standard and accept-ability of audit results
  •   increasing quality
  •   implementing a central database of qualified partners and suppliers
  •   web based internet portal with a database ( and software tools for conducting audits

Motivation and benefits

IRIS – International Railway Industry Standard was introduced by a workgroup of UNIFE (Union des Industries Ferroviaires Européennes – Association of European Rail way Industries) in order to develop a world-wide standard based on ISO 9001 while considering the rail specific characteristics. At the moment this sector specific procedure is also used in automotive industry, in aerospace and food industries as well as in telecommunications industry. This standard has been elaborated as a “non-profit” programme in order to ensure the high quality of rail vehicle industry. The standard also is to promote transnational competition.

Target group

  •   All the companies entering upon delivery contracts within rail vehicle industry
  •   all the companies performing final assembly as system integrators


Based on the IRIS Standard, UNIFE has developed assessment rules and software supported auditing process. The assessment method is based on a structured procedure (KO questions, open and closed questions), the relevant questions being assessed in a scoring system as applicable.

All the registered IRIS Auditors are rail experts, have experience in quality management (ISO 9001) and have rail specific know-how. Periodic knowledge checks and further training of the auditors are compulsory.

The comprehensive experience of Quality Austria in the field of ISO 9001 certification (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management), ISO 45001 : 2018 and SCC (safety management) guarantees optimal utilization of synergies created by certification of these management systems, which can be integrated in the IRIS Audit.

The organization must establish and document the scope and balancing limits of its energy management system. Top management must nominate a Management Representative.

Energy related assessment serves to analyze use of energy, determine the sources of energy, and assess energy consumption in the past and present and estimate the future needs. In this respect, the areas with the most important energy consumption will be identified. Energy policy includes commitment to continual improvement of energy specific performance. For measuring and monitoring energy related performance, adequate energy performance indicators will be established.


In order to achieve synergies, a co-operation was entered with “DQS Gmbh – Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifzierung von Managementsystemen” (German Society for the Certifcation of Management Systems). DQS is accredited at UNIFE. Quality Austria acts as a partner of DQS.

Other Relevant Standards

ISO 9001, ISO 14001, BS ISO 45001 : 2018, SCC