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Coordination Group

The European Commission has set up the NB-Rail Coordination Group in accordance with the principles of 2008/57/EC Art.28(5) & whereas(46), 765/2008 Art R30 & R17(11) and the Blue Guide 2014 (5.2.2&5.2.4).

In line with the above, NB-Rail’s main purpose is to discuss matters relating to the application

  • of the relevant TSIs
  • of the procedures for assessing conformity or suitability for the use of interoperability constituents,
  • of the procedures for the verification of subsystems.

Usually such matters are identified by notified bodies, product manufacturers, railway undertakings, infrastructure managers or national safety authorities when actively applying the
Directive 2008/57/EC or the TSIs.

In order to avoid these matters to become an unnecessary technical or economic burden during the NoBo assessment or where such matters could lead to unacceptable divergence of approach by different notified bodies, NB-Rail will establish as result of their discussions

  • recommendation, guidelines and working documents to ensure a uniform application of the current technical provisions of the applicable legislation as established by the European Commissions, or
  • will communicate their discussion findings to the European Commission in cases where the current technical provisions of the applicable legislation as established by the European Commissions should be reviewed or improved.
  • NB-Rail further publishes answers to frequently asked questions

To accomplish the tasks described above, the following meeting organisation has been established within NB-Rail Coordination Group:

a. Plenary meetings
b. Strategy meetings
c. Subgroup meetings for INF, ENE, RST and CCS

The NB-Rail Coordination Group is supported in its tasks by the European Commission through an administrative and a technical secretariat.

In summary the activities of NB-Rail are aiming for a continuous improvement at the provisions for application of Directive 2008/57/EC or the TSIs to make railway products as safe and efficient as required by EU legislation.

According to the requirements contained in 2008/57/EC Art.28(5) & whereas(46), 765/2008 Art R30 & R17(11) and the Blue Guide 2014 (5.2.2&5.2.4) all notified bodies shall participate either directly or indirectly in the NB-Rail meetings and must in any case apply all NB-Rail recommendations, guidelines and working documents.

The official “Rules of Operations” of the NB-Rail Coordination Group have been endorsed by the RISC 77 (Railway Interoperability and Safety Committee) on the 9th of November 2016.
Rules of Operations

You may contact NB-Rail via your notified body of choice or via the NB-Rail technical secretariat under office@nb-rail.com.



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