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Supplying - Overview

If you are supplying (or wish to supply) products and services to the rail industry in Britain, you are likely to be using RISQS.

Britain's railways are crucial to the economy, and on the back of two decades of rapid growth, will expand even further to carry more people and freight in the future. Trains, infrastructure and equipment are being reinvented, renewed and rolled out, requiring a confident world class supply chain. Rail is a big buyer, relying on thousands of suppliers of every shape and size, providing a wide range of unique, critical and complex products and services.

For both new and existing suppliers the challenge is also how to make themselves known to buyers, demonstrate their credentials, express interest in supplying to meet buyers' needs while avoiding unnecessary duplication.

Suppliers also need to work with buyers to assure them that risk in the chain is managed effectively.

Two elements of securing this assurance are Registration and Qualification.

Registration is a process provided to suppliers to enable them to register their interest in becoming a supplier.

Qualification is a process to determine whether or not a supplier, or potential supplier, meets a predetermined set of criteria.

The RISQS scheme is designed specifically to support suppliers in both these aspects of supplier assurance - find out how RISQS helps suppliers.

For more detail of how registration and qualification fit in with other aspects of supplier assurance, have a look at our topic page.

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