Synopsis: This track will focus on a developing RSI Standard, RSI-100, addressing Product Quality Certification. The Standard will make available the fundamentals of product certification as a means to provide confidence that products acquired from an AAR non-certified facility conform to a specified quality requirement. The basis of the Standard follows ISO-17067, “Conformity Assessment — Fundamentals of Product Certification and Guidelines for Product Certification Schemes,” and ASA-100, “Aviation Suppliers Association: Quality System Standard.” The Standard places structure into the product certification process based on the level of complexity of the manufactured product.

About John Byrne

Byrne is a veteran of the rail industry, having started his career in Chicago with North American Car Company, the former railcar leasing firm. He recently retired from GE Capital after nearly 38 years, most recently as manager, regulatory compliance and quality. In previous positions with GE, he managed repair facilities, quality management systems, audit programs and fleet product safety.

Byrne guided GE Capital’s regulatory compliance program for many years, and has represented GE Capital on the Association of American Railroads Tank Car Committee and its various task forces. His experience includes participation in the RSICTC process, serving on Transport Canada’s Tank Car Standard Committee and participating on committees of the Chlorine Institute.