Key EU and industry documents

UNIFE is the official representative body of the rail supply industry towards the European railway agency

Railway Interoperability and Safety

Please visit the European Union Agency for Railways’ website for more information on the current Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs) and Common Safety Methods (CSMs) in force.

Fire Certificate Inventory List and Fire Safety Manufacturer Declaration

Fire Certificate Inventory List (FCIL) template:
– English version
– German version
 French version

The Fire Safety Manufacturer Declaration can be found here.

The Railway Industry Substance List

The overarching objective of this database is to provide suppliers and sub-suppliers  with information on materials and substances that are prohibited by European and international legislation.

The Railway Industry Substance List provides a comprehensive and accurate list of prohibited and declarable chemicals used specifically by the railway industry. The list defines and categorises substances while providing the locales of where restrictions must be considered.

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

To access the Rail Industry Substance List, click here.

List of applicable legislation – railways


According to the Interoperability Directive, the applicant declares that it has taken all applicable legislation into account when authorising a vehicle.

DV29bis states that:

“The responsibility for ensuring that the essential requirements of all applicable EU legislation are fully met in every detail by the subsystems in their design operating state at authorisation rests only with the applicant for authorisation of a subsystem, who issues the ‘EC’ declaration of verification.”

This applicable legislation includes horizontal directives and regulations that do not originate in the TSIs or the Interoperability Directive, such as emissions regulation for diesel-powered vehicles or the Safety of Toys Directive for vehicles with a nappy changing area.

Knowing what legislation applies to rail

Knowing which legislation is applicable to rail is not always easy. Horizontal legislation for all sectors with reference to harmonised standards can be found on the DG GROW website. However, this list does not clarify which legislation applies to rail.

Until the end of 2015, NBRail monitored legislation that might apply to rail and scanned it regularly for amendments. However, the new Interoperability Directive EU/2016/797 relieves the NoBo of this responsibility, placing it instead on the applicant.

One list for the entire sector

Since 1 January 2016, each applicant has been responsible for defining a list of applicable legislation which it takes into account for authorisation. For consistency between applicants, it is therefore desirable to have an agreed-upon list for the entire sector that ensures all applicants work from the same list. As such, the list would be recognised as good practice.

Agreeing on a joint list

Instead of every applicant doing its own legislative monitoring, Ricardo Certification has agreed to continue to monitor developments and supply the list to the sector.

Every two months, an updated list of applicable railway legislation will be provided by Ricardo Certification to UNIFE as a representative to the following railway sector associations: CER, EIM, EPTTOLA, ERFA, FEDECRAIL, UIC, UIP, UITP, UIRR and UNIFE.

RFU-PLG-013 requires the compilation of a listing of Directives, to be maintained for the use of the railway industry to enable compliance. 

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NOTE: This list is for information only and no assurance is given as to its accuracy, completeness or sufficiency.

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