The principal objectives of UNIFE's standard and regulation activities are to support the harmonisation and transparency of technical rules in Europe in order to facilitate the development and authorisation of rail products in Europe

UNIFE continues to coordinate the input of the rail supply industry towards the development of regulations and documents drafted by the European Railway Agency (ERA) and the Commission. The Standards and Regulation Group (SRG) and the various UNIFE mirror and topical groups are platforms for UNIFE members to influence technical regulations concerning interoperability, and UNIFE experts have participated to the various working groups and workshops organised by the European Institutions. The SRG also plays a pivotal role in shaping the UNIFE position on the 4th Railway Package, and you can find out more about that topic here.

The principal objectives of the UNIFE standard and regulation activities are to support the harmonisation and transparency of technical rules in Europe in order to facilitate the development and authorisation of rail products in Europe.

The UNIFE SRG also interacts with other stakeholders such as counterpart sector associations (CER, EIM etc.) via the group of representative bodies and also the European Standardisation bodies, namely CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.

Standards and Regulation Group 

The Standards and Regulation Group (SRG) is the committee that steers UNIFE’s technical activities in the fields of the European regulatory framework namely: the Interoperability Directive, Safety Directive, and other directives when they are applicable to the European railway system. This also includes all related technical regulations and the railway Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs). The SRG also deals with the rail standardisation initiatives (Joint Programming Committee Rail/CEN/CENELEC/ETSI/IEC) and with the standardisation outputs of the UNIFE research projects. The SRG oversees the work of the UNIFE Topical and Mirror Groups composed of technical experts coming from the UNIFE members and also coordinates the interfaces with the other UNIFE technical steering committees. The SRG is composed of technical directors from the main UNIFE system integrators and main subsystem suppliers.

Covering the areas:

  • The Railway System
  • Subsystems: Rolling stock and its interfaces with CCS, Energy and Infrastructure subsystems; overall management of system interfaces; Management of the safety of the railway system;
  • EU Authorisation: Vehicles and subsystems;
  • Other EU matters: EU R&D/R&I funded project co-ordination; the European regulatory framework (interoperability directives, safety directive, ERA regulation and all other directives when applicable);
  • Standardisation: CEN/ CENELEC/ ETSI/ IEC/ ISO/ JPC for Rail and Urban Rail;
  • Public documents: Technical Recommendations (TecRecs).

The Committee Members of the Standards and Regulation Group:

  • Alstom
  • AnsaldoSTS
  • Bombardier
  • Faiveley
  • Knorr-Bremse
  • Siemens
  • CAF
  • Vossloh

The group also includes observer representatives from other committees including:

  • Technical Plenary
  • UNIRAILINFRA
  • ERWA
  • Sustainable Transport Commitee
  • UNISIG-UESC

For more information please contact:
Nicolas Furio
Head of Unit - Technical Affairs
nicolas.furio@unife.org
+32 2 626 12 62

Alice Polo
Senior Interoperability and Safety Manager
alice.polo@unife.org
+32 2 643 70 87