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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.
There are more than 85,000 products accepted for use on our infrastructure.
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.
If you wish to introduce a new product or make changes to an already accepted product, you will need to provide justification by demonstrating monetary, safety and/or performance benefits to Network Rail.
The acceptance of products is subject to standard product acceptance terms and conditions which are available in the sample Certificate of Acceptance (PDF).
To provide you with a more efficient service, we're updating our product acceptance process.
A new product acceptance application form will be available online from 1 April 2014. To achieve this the current form will be unavailable after 24 March.
From now until 1 April we may only be able to deal with urgent or safety critical applications whilst we make these changes; please accept our apologies for any inconvenience during this review period.
Product acceptance application form
If you would like to take part in a limited trial of the new product acceptance process, please email us at TechnologyIntroduction@networkrail.co.uk and we will contact you to discuss it.
All applications require a Network Rail employee to act as sponsor. This is to prove that there is a business need for the product 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.