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Testing and Certification

In order to guarantee that the ITSO Environment is truly national and interoperable, members need to ensure that they are using equipment which has a current certificate for use in that environment.

To gain certification, the equipment is rigorously tested for compliance with the ITSO Specification.

It also undergoes interoperability testing with all the ITSO-compliant equipment available to date, to ensure as far as is possible that all components are truly physically interoperable.

Why certify?

Certification provides formal recognition of a product’s conformance to the ITSO Specification.

This allows:

  • Organisations to make clear and substantiated claims of conformance to the Specification.
  • Buyers to specify and successfully procure conforming products that inter-operate.

Upon successful completion of appropriate testing, the equipment and/or software is awarded an ITSO Certificate of Compliance which is normally valid for a period of seven years.

ITSO scheme operators should ensure that their equipment holds a valid ITSO certificate at all times.

Applying for Testing

If you have products that will require the ITSO Testing Service, then you are advised to book a testing session as soon as possible. Contact the ITSO Testing team to discuss the scope and timing of tests, and the next available Testing date.

Telephone: 01908 255463

Email: test@itso.org.uk 

Applying for Certification of Equipment or Software

If you are applying for Certification of Equipment or Software, you should do so via the ITSO Service Desk.

Link to ISMT (Serena)

Find current and expired certificates (and current approvals) here.

Testing on rail

Rail Settlement Plan (RSP) has developed a specification to detail the way that POSTs should be implemented in the rail environment.

The specification (RSPS3002) stipulates the requirements for implementing the ITSO Specification through a set of rules dictating how rail products should be mapped to IPEs.

RSPS3002 also defines the rail specific rules required for the ITSO Specification to ensure interoperability across the rail network.

For POSTs to be deployed in the rail environment, ITSO will perform testing for RSPS3002 at the same time as all other ITSO testing. This will save suppliers having to undergo two sets of technical testing with the two different specification owners.

However, it is emphasised that RSPS3002 is defined and owned by RSP, to whom any queries regarding it should be referred.

The RSP Specification can be found on the Rail Delivery Group website here.