Rail industry substance list

The Railway Industry Substance List provides a comprehensive and accurate list of the prohibited and declarable chemicals used specifically by the railway industry.

The overarching objective of this database is to provide information to suppliers and sub-suppliers on materials and substances that are prohibited by European and international legislation. The list defines and categorises substances and furthermore provides the locale of where restrictions must be considered.

First initiated as a result of the European REACH regulation (EC 1907/2006) that entered into force on 1st June 2007, the list will help users to comply with the regulation’s legal provisions for manufacturers, downstream users and importers of substances. The UNIFE Topical Group has furthermore extended the legal scope outside Europe to include Canada, China, and the USA.

The Railway Industry Substance List will be regularly updated, with review occurring at least twice a year. It will also be possible to access the historical version of the database in order to identify changes and trace any modifications if needed.

On the left side of this page there are several links to the Railway Industry Substance List and further documents that you may find useful.

Railway industry substance list

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Material Declaration Template

The aim of the UNIFE Material Declaration Template is to harmonize the information requested by some of the main system integrators and to develop a common form that would be recognized by all of them. With this new document, the reporting on hazardous substances would be simplified for the suppliers and the same format could be delivered for each system integrator.

The release of the common template is a part of the series of actions the European Railway Industry have launched in order to best comply with the REACH regulation (EC 1907/2006) that entered into force on 1st June 2007 and has reinforced the legal provisions for manufacturers, downstream users and importers of substances.

The UNIFE Chemical Risk Topical Group members urge the industry suppliers to use the UNIFE Material Declaration Template which will be the official format for reporting on substance composition for their products.

  • UNIFE Chemical Risks Topical Group has elaborated a revised version of the material declaration template (June 2021). Please note that the previous version may still be used until the end of 2021.

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