SGS has completed its first railway operator IRIS Certification, for SITARAIL, the railway concession of Bolloré Group between Ivory Coast and Burkhina Faso.

At a formal presentation, hosted in Abidjan-Treichville Station in December 2015, the first IRIS Certificate was delivered to an operator and handed over to the maintenance site of SITARAIL. Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, congratulated Joel Hounsinou, Director-General of SITARAIL and his team for the efforts made to achieve this level of recognition. Mr Kaufmann reiterated the targets of IRIS, which emphasize reliable and sustainable quality for all customers, while Joel Hounsinou highlighted that this certification provided a strong basis for further development of the concession in the region, as well as his satisfaction at this recognition.

At the event, Raymond de Cloedt, the SGS auditor summarized his feedback from the audit, and talked about the next steps that would enable SITARAIL to achieve more and continue to improve quality.

IRIS certification, deployed in the rail industry, in the design, development and manufacturing activities, has been awarded to SITARAIL to recognise the quality and consistency of its railway maintenance activities.

SGS IRIS Certification Services

The International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) is a common, global method for evaluating business management systems throughout the railway supply chain. SGS’s experienced auditors have the in-depth knowledge of the industry and its certification standards to guide organizations through the audit process and on to successful IRIS certification. Success leads to new markets and demonstrates an organization’s commitment to quality and safety.


SITARAIL is s railway concession of the Bolloré Group, and operates the single track line between Abidjan, Ivory Coast and Ouagadougou, Burkhina Faso. The line provides three freight services per day and three passenger services per week. 

For further information, please contact:

Véronique Gentis Puchadez
International Sales Manager
t: +33 6 12 60 45 30

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