Testing & Test Organisation

CERTIFER and our teams in Belgium organise and coordinate differents tests, mainly to ensure compatibility between rolling stock (or a constituant) and the railway infrastructure. 

Germany and Belgium conduct track tests thanks to direct access to the Belgian (INFRABEL), Luxembourgian (CFL-GI), German, Austrian and Swiss rail networks. In other countries, we rely on local partners.

A turnkey solution from assessment to commissioning

To obtain the Authorization for Placing Into Service (APIS), several tests have to be performed in order to validate the nominal operation of the subsystem under real conditions and in interaction with the other subsystems.

Due to multidimensional impacts on human, organisational and technical aspects, the testing activity has to rely on a rigorous organization.

Due to multidimensional impacts on human, organisational and technical aspects, the testing activity has to rely on a rigorous organisation.

  • The test campaign (planning, support for the definition of the test programme, constitution of the test teams, reservations of access to the installations and overall coodination).
  • Attends it (supervision during the test campaign, supply and coordination of the test teams, execution of some tests and analysis with the advice of experts in real time)
  • Formalises the documents required for obtaining the APIS

Test Centre

The CERTIFER test centre for rail vehicles is accredited by the DAkkS according to DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025: 2018. Within the scope of the accreditation, the test center offers various measurements and tests.

Our test center offers the following services in accordance with the accredited areas:

• Functional tests on rail vehicles and magnetic levitation trains, their electrical and electronic components as well as on-board train protection systems based on customer requirements

• Acoustic measurements according to TSI NOI, EN 3095 and EN 61672 on rail vehicles, construction machinery and road-rail vehicles:
– TSI NOI and the standards included in it
– Noise level measurement in the driver’s cab according to DIN EN 15892: 2011
– Acoustic tests of construction machinery and road-rail vehicles according to ISO 6395 and ISO 6396 standards


Our team of experts will support you carrying out of tests, inspections and validations of your vehicles, belonging vehicle components and their software from the beginning. We test the vehicle and safety functions for you directly on your vehicle or in our modern test laboratory.

Further test services of our test center that do not come under the accredited area but are carried out according to the same quality requirements and rules are:

In the scope of the validation, we offer

• Organisation, implementation and participation in trial runs
• Execution of functional tests (complete system test on the vehicle and in the laboratory)
• Evaluation and reporting after the tests have been completed
• Implementation and evaluation of electrical measurements
• Software / hardware integration test in our own laboratory
• Software module test (code, modules, function packages) according to EN 50128 and EN 50657
• Code review of complete software packages
• Failure tests, software and hardware changes
• Determination of the freedom from feedback on the vehicle functionality and the safety of the overall system for the software and hardware changes

Creation of documentation

• Test plans and test specifications
• Inspection and testing instructions
• Scheduling and organisation of vehicle tests including test drives

Our references:

• Rolling Stock tests Organisations : High speed trainsTHALYS, VELARO EUROSTAR, ICE 3
• Tests integration Rolling stock/ ERTMS Trackside (CFL)
• Tests organisation on national signalling systems (Belgium, Luxembourg and France)
• Infrastructure tests organisation : New infrastructure N34 between Brussels et Leuven, trackside and signaling systems in Belgium.

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