ECM certification

Third party certification in the field of Rolling Stock Maintenance

Third part certification for organizations and workshops attests the conformity with Directive EC/2011/445, which sets out the requirements addressed to the ECM (Entities in Charge of Maintenance) for freight wagons to be used on the railway network within the Union.

The main purpose of this certification is to provide, in the field of Rolling Stock Maintenance, equal conditions in all Member States for inspections and monitoring of railway safety, both before the departure of a train and en route.

The activity is carried out in accordance with the RINA governance model, which safeguards impartiality and prevents conflict of interest situations.

Technical focus

ECM Certification applies to all entities which manage freight wagons: railway traffic enterprises, wagon owners and infrastructure operators. It is based on an assessment of the ECM responsability to meet law’s requirements, to apply them consistently and to supervise and ensure continuing compliance over time.

The Directive EC/2011/445 improves access to European market for rail transport services, by defining common principles across the Union to ensure equal conditions for the management and supervision of railway safety.


The ECM certification follows an approach based on technical and quality audits and periodic surveillance.


As for the conformity verification service, RINA can offer a tailored approach to specific projects, in order to give flexible solutions, thanks to our huge experience both in the specific technical field of railway systems and in the quality system certification.

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