“Interoperability” stands for the suitability of a railway system for the safe and continuous train traffic which corresponds to the performance characteristics required for these routes. This suitability depends on the regulatory, technical and operational prerequisites which have to exist for the observance of the basic requirements.

This interoperability is to be established for the conventional trans-European railway system and for the trans-European high-speed railway system. All routes especially built and to be built in the future for high-speed traffic as well as routes developed and to be developed in the future are to be registered.

The accreditation was carried out according to the Austrian Federal Law Gazette No. 28/2012. The bases for interoperability are the corresponding directives of the EEC and EC from the years 1993 to 2008. This is in particular directive 2008/57/EC on the interoperability of the railway system in the EC.

The range of services of BCT in the accredited field comprises the activities as inspection department (supervision department) according to the Austrian standard ÖVE/ÖNORM EN ISO/IEC 17020 Type A.

The technical specifications for interoperability cover the following fields of the trans-European high-speed railway system:

  • Infrastructure (INF HS)
  • Energy (ENE HS)
  • Train control, command and signalling (CCS HS)

For the conventional trans-European railway system the following fields are covered:

  • Infrastructure (INF CR)
  • Energy (ENE CR)
  • Train control, command and signalling (CCS CR)

The transversal technical specifications for interoperability cover the following aspects:

  • Aspect safety in railway tunnels (SRT)
  • Aspect accessibility for persons with reduced mobility (PRM)

In addition a multitude of consulting services are also offered beyond the accredited field, e.g. for the implementation of EC directives in the field of railways.