This form is for submitting product acceptance requests
Please provide all requested information about the product applicant and manufacturer, and justify the introduction or change by demonstrating whole life cost, safety and / or performance benefits.
You can view the types of items that typically require Product Approval, please note that this list is not exhaustive and advice may be required to determine whether your product requires approval.
Please also refer to the guidance document – How to decide what needs product acceptance for further details on the products that this process applies to.
* Note: Items required for civils infrastructure do not require approval, please refer to Network Rail standard NR/L2/CIV/003 regarding civils design approval.
Requests for civils coatings should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a suitable test house certificate.
Please note that all applications need to be supported by and submitted by or on behalf of a Network Rail operative (applicant), who is prepared to act in a sponsorship capacity and who can demonstrate a Network Rail business need, or for Plant assets, by or someone from within a Plant Acceptance Body (PAB) organisation who has been designated after engagement directly by the Plant manufacturer to select a PAB.
Applications shall be new or modified controlled products that, where relevant align with the Network Rail challenge statements, that have been evaluated against the Technology (TRL) and Reliability (RRL) elements of the Rail Industry Readiness Levels (RIRL’s) where;
- Technology readiness level (TRL) 6 is completed
- Reliability Readiness Levels (RRL) 7 is completed as outlined in Design For Reliability standard NR/L2/RSE/0005
*Note: Evidence should be submitted to demonstrate that the product or change has met the requirements of the selected RIRL. If RIRL5 or above has been selected, evidence will need to be submitted to confirm that the Technology (TRL) and Reliability (RRL) requirements of RIRL’s 1 to 4 have been met. (Products will not normally be higher than RIRL5 as they would normally have already received Product Acceptance if RIRL 7 has been successfully completed. This also applies to changes to products or changes to how or where they are used, as changes must be assessed individually against the RIRL matrix).
Incomplete applications will not be processed until all relevant information has been submitted.
Requests for new or amended catalogue numbers should first be referred to email@example.com as technical assessment may not be required via Product Acceptance.
Please read the following guidance before filling in this form: