TCR – TRANSPORT COMPLIANCE RATING
The first international rating protocol,
SPECIFIC FOR TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS.
The TCR Protocol is addressed to all the companies operating in the transport and logistics sector, regardless of company size and structure.
It can be used by internal and external parties of the organization (Certification Bodies and independent third parties included) to assess the transport company capability to satisfy the Protocol requirements.
The Transport Compliance Rating model includes all the logistics activities, such as loading, transportation, unloading, warehousing, sorting and distribution.
The TCR Protocol shall not be used for market classification and ranking, but has the only aim to assign a rating to the company according to the identified requirements.
The transport and logistics companies have to prove to be able keep under control the risk factors and the dangers deriving from their activities, regarding in particular:
- Product Security and Safety
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Road Safety
- Insurance coverages
- Information Technology
- Integrity and reputation
TCR regulatory references
The TCR protocol cannot exclude the legal provisions mandatory in the transport and logistics field of the countries of destination.
The TCR framework can be integrated with the following standards:
- ISO 9001:2015
- ISO 14001:2015
- BS OHSAS 18001:2007 – ISO 45001:2018
- ISO 39001: 2016
- ISO 31000: 2018
- ISO 22301:2012
- ISO 50001:2018
- ISO 27001:2017
- ISO 28001:2007
- TAPA FSR, TSR
- IFS LOGISTCS 2.2
- ISO 22000:2018
- ISO 26000:2020
- SA 8000:2014
- ISO 37001:2016
Purpose of TCR
The TCR Protocol specifies the requirements to implement a system which allows the company to:
a) prove to be able to keep under control the risk factors and the dangers deriving from their activities, regarding some operating areas in particular;
b) Increasing customers’ and all interested parties’ awareness not only about safety and company legislative compliance, but also about the company professional and technical capability in managing the complex transport and logistics services;
c) Contribute to the adoption of management systems that allow the BoD to run the company even after potentially negative events, which might derive from both internal activities or external reasons (i.e. generational shifts and/or socio-environmental damages);
d) Allow a sustainable management of the company from an ethical and environmental point of view.
The TCR requirements are general and can be applied to every company of the transport field. The not applicable conditions shall be justified and should not affect the company in the control of the risks and the dangers related to safety and legislative compliance.
Assessmente i s based on the answers to the questions concerning the various aspects taker into consideration by the TCR protocol
The evaluation system includes:
- Checklist, composed of eight (8) assessments areas, with specific questions defined by the TCR Scientific and Technical Committee, which determine the score for each requirement assigned to the company
- Calculation of the compliance percentage for each for the eight assessment areas. The sum of the scores will be divided by the number of evaluation areas (eight) to obtain the overall rating achieved by the company.
- 0-40% COMPLIANCE: the company is not eligible to the qualification system.
- 41-69% COMPLIANCE: the company presents some critical issues which have to be improved within 6 months since their acknowledgement. If there are no improvements in the problematic areas in the next inspection, the company will be deemed as not eligible to the qualification system.
- 70-89% COMPLIANCE: the company is eligible to the qualification system with some minor issues to improve. A new inspection will be performed after 12 months.
- OVER 90% COMPLIANCE: the company fully complies with the qualification system. The rate is considered valid for 24 months.
In order for the company to be considered eligible for the qualification system, each assessment area must reach more than 40% of compliance.
For the purposes of the verification, unscheduled visits may be planned, therefore without notice, for on-site verification of the maintenance of the requirements, aiming at continuous and effective improvement.
The defined TCR requirements are about the following issues:
The requirements for the Certification Bodies accredited by Accreditation Bodies signatory of EA/IAF Mutual Recognition Agreements may be used as criteria for the selection of Third-Party CBs that wish to be deemed eligible to evaluate the conformity to the TCR – Transport Compliance Rating Technical Document.
The assessment of the transport and logistics management system according to the principles of the TCR – Transport Compliance Rating Technical Document requires the company under examination to comply with all the normative and regulatory requirements of the Technical Document both in the production and destination country.
The Third-party CB shall have a management system compliant with the requirements of both ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 and ISO/IEC 17020:2012, shall be accredited in compliance with those norms by an Accreditation Body signatory of EA/IAF Mutual Recognition Agreements and shall prove that it agreed to sustainability protocols.