IRIS goes ISO
Interesting news from Brussels: the board of Union des Industries Ferroviaires Européennes (UNIFE), the European railway industry’s umbrella organization, has decided to elevate IRIS to an ISO standard. Mark Manly, Chairman of the IRIS steering committee, announced that the development will be speeded up by applying the ISO “fast-track" procedure. The objective is to move the publication of an ISO railway standard forward similar to the transition period for the upcoming ISO 9001:2015, and to be ready by the fourth quarter, 2018.
Well before this takes effect, though, UNIFE intends to issue a first update in Summer 2015, the “IRIS Addendum 2015”. Starting in 2016, the “IRIS Revision 03 – Working Group” will then start to work on Revision No. 3, which will see the implementation of the new requirements of ISO 9001:2015, and which is planned for publication in 2017. Until then, Revision 02.1 with Addendum 2015 will be applicable for certification purposes.