The wide knowledge database built by long uninterrupted research and development, the spectrum of practical experience and professional skills in the area of railway rolling stock allows VÚKV a.s. to provide highly qualified expert assessment, advisory and consultancy services that are part of many approval processes.The VÚKV a.s. is a legal entity authorised by the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic (MD ČR) for testing railway rolling stock pursuant to the Railway Act no 266/1994 Coll., as amended. Following the established best practice the VÚKV a.s. also assesses properties of railway vehicles. The assessments are used as the basis for decisions of the Railway Authority (Drážní úřad) of the Czech Republic. Assessment of railway vehicles by VÚKV a.s. is also accepted by some national safety authorities (NSA) in other European countries.The high professional standards and quality of the staff of the VÚKV a.s. is also demonstrated by the fact that two employees of the Institute are appointed experts of the Federal German Railway Authority (EBA). The VÚKV a.s. is associated partner of several notified or designated bodies with whom the Company closely cooperates in approvals of rolling stock pursuant to the Technical Standards of Interoperability (TSI) and national technical requirements.