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The rapport that was quickly established by John, whose professionalism, courtesy and industry knowledge made choosing FPA Consulting in the first instance an easy decision.


Liam McManus, Managing Director, MPD Rail Ltd

We can help you understand the requirements.

In order to work on the UK Railway Infrastructure your company must comply with the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) Audit Protocols.

RISQS is a single common qualification process and supplier database which is then accessed by buyers from Network Rail and over 100 rail organisations.

Basic RISQS compliance is the first stage in qualification for all types of products and services from corporate supplies to high risk engineering work and major civil projects.

Subcontract vs Direct Supplier

Your business can qualify to different levels and in specific product codes, depending on the nature of your business.  If you work as a subcontractor to a rail supplier, the first level of registration may be sufficient. However, if you want to work directly for Network Rail you may need to attain the further level of qualification and achieve your Principal Contractor Licence.

Whichever level of qualification you require, our Rail Compliance Specialists can help.

How do I achieve RISQS Compliance?

Qualifying involves completion of the RISQS Questionnaire and choosing your product codes.  Some code groups require registration only, whereas others require qualification by an on-site audit by an external RISQS auditor.

The RISQS Audit Protocols are the standards against which your company is audited. We can help you achieve compliance to the Audit Protocols relevant to your organisation by reviewing your documentation, helping you complete your Questionnaire and developing your Rail Compliance System.

Our Rail Compliance Specialists have in-depth knowledge of the product codes and the requirements of the Audit Protocols and can advise the best course of qualification for your company.

Benefits of RISQS Approval

RISQS approval gives you :

  • a place on the list of approved suppliers, your details will be visible to circa 90 Buyers in the rail sector
  • an equal opportunity through a fair, open and transparent qualification process
  • access to an online service where you can view your own evaluation and score, see your Questionnaire and product code status as well as receive Industry news and updates
  • the ability to update your capabilities and profile as often as you like during your subscription


Contact us to find out how we can help you achieve Rail Compliance.

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