UNIFE is the official representative body of the rail supply industry towards the European Railway Agency

UNIFE is the official representative body of the rail supply industry towards the European Railway Agency and can officially participate to working parties for development of railway regulations and recommendations.

Visit the European Railway Agency website for more information on legislation concerning the Eurpean Rail System: www.era.europa.eu

Directives and Regulations:

Railway Interoperability Directive 2008/57/EC (Consolidated Version)

Railway Safety Directive 2004/49/EC (Consolidate Version)

European Railway Agency (ERA) Regulation 881/2004  [Needs to be uploaded to new UNIFE website]

Technical Specifications for Interoperability in force:

These documents are drafted by the European Railway Agency and then adopted by the European Commission and the Member States of the European Union

Rolling Stock:

Infrastructure and Energy (Fixed Installations)

Control Command and Signalling (CCS)

Telematic Applications

Transverse (covering multiple subsystems)

Common Safety Methods

Regulation (EU) No 402/2013 on the common safety method for risk evaluation and assessment




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 website of DG GROW (http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/european-standards/harmonised-standards_en). However, from this list it is not clear 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 which is instead placed on the applicant.

One list for the entire sector
Since 1st January 2016 each applicant is 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 list for the entire sector, ensuring that 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 do the monitoring and supply the list to the sector.

Every two months, an updated list of applicable railway legislation is provided by Ricardo Certification to UNIFE as representative of 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 as to enable their compliance. 

In order for UNIFE members to obtain the list, please contact Nicholas.shrimpton@unife.org

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