This document describes reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) processes that provides guidance to all interested parties responsible for the delivery of railway services on implementing a RAM program to ensure RAM related risk are effectively managed.

This guideline provides a consistent approach for the process of selection and use of appropriate RAM strategies for railway assets and systems, based on industry accepted international standards.

This document is relevant to all organisations responsible for the identification, control, and reporting of RAM related risks. These include, but not limited to, rail transport operators, governmental agencies, and delivery organisations.

The document provides a recommended approach to developing, managing, and delivering a customised RAM program for all of railway. Throughout this guideline, reference will be made to existing standards to recommend good practice.

While this guideline is limited to RAM, relevant recommendations will be given on the effective integration of RAM with system safety (RAMS) and human factors to highlight integrated management approach.