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The product acceptance process gives us the assurance that products accepted for use on or about our infrastructure are:
Only accepted products - except those allowed by NR/L2/RSE/100/05 - shall be used on the rail infrastructure.
Network Rail standard NR/L2/RSE/100/05, Product introduction and change, governs the process for the acceptance of products.
Please refer to NR/L2/RSE/100/06, How to decide what needs product acceptance, for details on the products that this process applies to.
See Accessing Network Rail standards for contractors and suppliers for information on standards.
The catalogue of accepted products is available on the PADSnet website.
PADS (Parts and Drawings System) data is managed by Network Rail. This includes the creation and revision of PADS numbers.
There are more than 85,000 products accepted for use on our infrastructure.
To apply, complete our online application form:
You will need to provide justification by demonstrating monetary, safety and / or performance benefits to Network Rail.
Acceptance is subject to standard terms and conditions which are available in the sample Certificate of Acceptance (PDF).
All applications require a Network Rail sponsor. This is to prove that there is a business need and ensure that the product can be successfully introduced to the business.
Please download and read our guide to product acceptance so that the responsibilities of the role are understood.
Guide to product acceptance
Suppliers and manufacturers of controlled products are required to engage in our supplier quality assurance process.