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Act now or potentially lose rail market access warns Network Rail


Gillian Scott,Assurance Manager for Network Rail, said: “We have made clear that to maintain their Sentinel status, suppliers will need to be RISQS-assured, and that means signing in to the RISQS portal now.

“For most suppliers signing in and checking their data in the new portal is quick and simple, but if companies leave it to the end of April they risk being invisible to buyers from May 1.”

The enhanced RISQS scheme goes live on May 1, providing buyers with many benefits including a new configurable platform more responsive to industry and legal changes; the ability to integrate the new software with their own systems; auto alerts, buyer specific questioning, and supplier survey templates, all available at no extra cost; and “live” up-to-date supplier information. Suppliers will also get a host of improvements including the new configurable platform, providing prompt updates for industry requirements; notice of EU tenders provided for free; pre-populated PAS91 survey templates to avoid duplication; and a dedicated helpline. 

The transition is on schedule and members have started renewing their membership and booking audits.

Graeme Cox, RSSB Head of Supplier Assurance, said: “Thousands of suppliers have already accessed the enhanced RISQS portal but we do not want a single supplier left behind. To be sure we can support suppliers with any queries they may have they should log in to the new portal by mid-April.

“We continue to work closely with infrastructure managers and across the rail industry, providing training and support to members to make sure no one finds themselves locked out of the rail market on May 1.”

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