Briefing Notes - Current
Ref Issue Title Status Issue Date Synopsis
BN - 001 1 'Assessment of Depot Facilities' Live May 2011 To provide further detail of the information relating to depot facilities to be provided as part of the assessment and the minimum acceptable levels for these facilities.
BN - 002 1 'Out-of-course supplier issues' Live June 2015 To provide guidance for cases where suppliers experience out-of-course issues
BN - 003 2 ‘Bogie Overhaul’ Live May 2011 To provide clarification on the assessment requirements for, and scope definition of, ‘Bogie Overhaul’ suppliers.
BN - 004 2 ‘Wheelsets and Wheelset Components' Withdrawn N/A This Briefing Note captures the best practice contained in GM/RT2470 Issue 2 and provides clarification on the requirements for RISAS assessment of wheelsets and associated component suppliers.  NB THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN AND THE CONTENT HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO RISAS/003, ISSUE 4 AN EXPLANATION ABOUT WHICH IS AVAILABLE HERE.  A COPY OF THE WITHDRAWN DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE HERE
BN - 005 2 'Application of S1 and S4 Service Product Groups' Live May 2011 To provide clarification on which elements of Service Product Groups S1 and S4 are applicable to organisations procuring or carrying out attention to vehicles or systems and to describe the elements expected to be contained in any certificate.


1 'New Suppliers' Live Jan 2015 To provide clarification on RISAS approval of new suppliers. One of the key elements in a RISAS assessment is a review of activity associated with the product or service currently being produced. A new supplier to the Rail Industry will not have any suitable production to be assessed. However, RISAS should not be a barrier to entry. This briefing note gives guidance on how a new supplier may approach RISAS assessment and become a mature part of the rail supply base. It should be read in conjunction with RISAS standard RISAS/003
BN-007 1 'Procurement & Materials Management' Live Jan 2015 To provide clarification/guidance on the process for determining the make-up of assessment teams in relation to procurement and materials management. It should be read in conjunction with RISAS standard RISAS/003, particularly Part B, 5.2
BN-008 1 'ECM Certification' Live Sep 2015 To provide instruction and guidance to RISABs when undertaking
a RISAS S01 or S04 assessment which is also intended to
support certification of all or part of the applicant’s organisation
as an Entity in Charge of Maintenance under community
regulation 445/2011/EC.
BN-009 1 'Assessing Human Factors and Organisational Culture' Live May 2015 To provide background, guidance and recommended assessment approach for the new assessment criteria to address human factors and organisational culture in RISAS assessments.
BN-010 2 'COVID -19 Pandemic - Temporary Measures for RISAS Certification' Live Oct 2020 To provide clarification and guidance on measures to be adopted for RISAS Certification during emergency measures imposed to fight the Covid-19 Pandemic.