Smart trains, trams and metros
IEC Technical Committees and Conformity Assessment Systems
IEC TC 9: Electrical equipment and systems for railways, prepares standards dealing specifically with railway networks, metropolitan transport networks and magnetically levitated transport systems.
Many other IEC TCs publish standards relevant to railway transport, including IEC TC 65: Industrial-process measurement, control and automation, which develops the IEC 62443 series of standards. The series is emerging as a core set of cybersecurity-related publications for the railway sector.
The IEC 62443 standards have their own certification programme, supplied by IECEE, one of the four conformity assessment (CA) systems run by the IEC. These CA systems operate schemes and programmes based on third-party testing and certification as well as mutual recognition agreements.
Laboratories and certification bodies test and certify products, equipment, services and personnel competency against IEC International Standards, to ensure their reliability, interoperability with other products, services and installations and that the relevant safety standards have been applied.