The Rail Safety and Standards Board, on behalf of the rail industry, has appointed Achilles Information to provide pre-qualification and audit services for the industry’s Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS).
Achilles will provide an online portal for RISQS, a single entry point for companies to supply products and services to more than 110 rail industry buying organisations. RISQS provides a means for rail buyers to identify suitably qualified suppliers in a way that’s compliant with EU procurement rules.
Tom Grand, regional director for Achilles in the UK and Ireland, said: “We look forward to working with the RISQS board to continue to build on improvements to the way qualification works, which already include more-focussed audits with less duplication and better cooperation with other schemes like RISAS and IRIS.”
The RISQS board is responsible for governing and developing the scheme as well as overseeing the performance of third party service providers, such as Achilles, which has a contract to provide the pre-qualification and audit service for the scheme until April 2017.
Richard Sharp, chairman of the RISQS board, said: “This agreement will benefit buyers and suppliers alike across the industry, it means industry is now in control of its own supplier qualification arrangements but we are also benefiting from the huge experience of Achilles in running the scheme and similar arrangements for over 20 years.”