In order to gain access to the Belgian rail network, you must have a safety certificate. This certifies that your company meets all the safety requirements in force. The certificate comprises two parts, part A and part B.
Part A of the safety certificate is valid throughout the European Union and certifies that your safety management system complies with regulations. The application for part A must be submitted in the country where your company has its head office. If this is in Belgium:
- Send your application by recorded delivery to the Railway Safety and Interoperability Service (SSICF ).
- Enclose a file presenting your safety management system.
- Your rail operator licence has been issued by a different EU Member State? If this is the case, enclose a copy of your licence.
- The SSICF will send you its decision within 90 days.
Part B certifies that your company meets the requirements in force for operating a network: technical specifications, national safety regulations, certification of safety staff and rolling stock. The application for part B must be made in the country where you wish to run.Therefore, in your case, the application must be made in Belgium:
- Submit your application to the Railway Safety and Interoperability Service (SSICF).
- The SSICF will send you its decision within 90 working days.
- If section A of the safety certificate was issued by a different EU State, the SSICF may ask SNCB-Holding's experts to confirm the coherence of the safety management system.
- Royal decree of 16 January 2007 concerning safety certification and the safety certificate, rolling stock and the annual safety report.
- The conditions for obtaining a safety certificate are published on the Railway Safety and Interoperability Service (SSICF) website.