UNIFE Technical Working Groups support UNIFE’s work on standardisation, regulation and research. The overall coordination is done by the responsible UNIFE committees, namely the SRG, UNIRAILINFRA Committee and Sustainable Transport Committee. There are two types of Technical Working Groups in UNIFE.

  • UNIFE Mirror Groups (MG) which are active during the drafting and revision of regulations and Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs), mirroring the working groups of the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) where delegates from UNIFE participate as official representatives of the European rail supply industry.
  • UNIFE Topical Groups (TG) follow specific technical topics, mainly related to specific tasks and developments in standardisation and research activities in their area.

Any industrial company which is a Full Member of the Association and who has expertise in the relevant field is eligible to apply to become a member of these groups.

The responsible UNIFE Committees supervise the UNIFE Technical Working Groups and periodically reviews their activities in order to ensure that they operate in line with UNIFE’s overall strategy and objectives for the standards and regulation system.

A summary of the current UNIFE Technical Working Groups is given below with a short description of their focus of activities. Where necessary, several Technical Working Groups may work together to develop the UNIFE position for transversal topics impacting several subsystems or technical areas of the railway system.

For information on the recent activities and deliverables of the UNIFE Technical Working Groups please see the UNIFE Annual Report or contact the UNIFE Technical Affairs team.

UNIFE Mirror Groups

 

Electromagnetic Compatibility Mirror Group (EMC)

This group contributes to the ERA activities regarding the closure of the various open points concerning EMC, particularly relating to the interfaces between on-board and trackside components concerning CCS and Rolling Stock. The members of the mirror group participate to the ERA WG Train Detection Compatibility.

Energy Mirror Group (ENE MG)

This group contributes to the ERA activities on the development of the TSI on the energy subsystem (TSI ENE) and covers all fixed installations necessary to achieve interoperability that are required to supply traction energy to a train.

Infrastructure Mirror Group (INF MG)

This group contributes to the ERA activities on the development of the TSI on the infrastructure structural subsist (TSI INF).

Noise Mirror Group (NOI MG)

This group contributes to the ERA activities on the development of the TSI on the Rolling Stock Noise which sets out the optimal level of harmonisation related to specifications on the rolling stock subsystem (for both locomotives and passenger rolling stock and, freight wagons) intended to limit the noise emission of the railway system of the European Union (TSI NOI).

Persons with Reduced Mobility Mirror Group (PRM MG)

This group contributes to the ERA activities on the development of the TSI relating to accessibility of the Union's rail system for persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility (TSI PRM). This TSI applies to the infrastructure, operation and traffic management, telematics applications and rolling stock subsystems.

Rolling Stock Mirror Group (LOC&PAS MG)

This group contributes to the ERA activities on the development of the TSI relating to locomotive and passenger rolling stock (TSI LOC&PAS)

Safety Assurance Mirror Group
(SafAssu MG)

This group contributes to the ERA activities regarding the Railway Safety Directive (EU) 2016/798, which lays down provisions to ensure the development and improvement of the safety of the Union rail system. Concretely this group contributes to the development and application of the Common Safety Methods (CSMs) and Entities in Charge of Maintenance (ECM) Regulation, as well as the ERA activities regarding Safety Culture and Human and Organisational Factors.

The group also exchanges on issues concerning standardisation such as the EN50126, EN50128 and EN50129 suite of Rail Safety Standards.

Telematic Application for Passengers & Freight Mirror Group (TAP & TAF MG)

This group contributes to the ERA activities on the development of the two TSIs relating to the telematics applications for passenger services and the freight. These TSIs define the provisions for handling and exchange of relevant information for the passengers before, during, and after their journey, including ticketing information (time schedule, tariffs) and define the provisions for handling and exchange of relevant information for freight and logistics.

Vehicle Authorisation Mirror Group (VA MG)

This group contributes to the ERA and EC activities impacting the certification and authorisation of railway vehicles and products. Most importantly this group follows the development and implementation of the Fourth Railway Package Technical Pillar and the continued activities regarding the ERA IT Tools and registers, TSI revisions and the reduction of Notified National Technical Rules.

Wagon Mirror Group (WAG MG)

This group contributes to the ERA activities on the development of the TSI relating to rolling stock freight wagons (TSI WAG)

UNIFE Topical Groups

 

Brakes Topical Group

The group supports the activities of other UNIFE Mirror Groups developing the TSIs when specific technical expertise regarding the braking system is required. The Brakes Topical Group also acts as a link with the brake standardisation world to ensure consistency between the standards and regulation and latest developments.

Cabin Topical Group

Members of this group are involved in the standardisation work in Cenelec, namely the development of EN16186 Railway applications - Driver's cab. The Cabin Topical Group provides a forum for UNIFE members to coordinate on this topic and ensure consistency between the standardisation activities and TSIs for the parts relating to the design of the drivers cab.

Chemical Risks Topical Group

The Chemical Risks Topical Group (CR TG) follows up on chemical risk issues and aims to develop a common understanding and harmonised rules for the Rail Industry as well as providing support for railway system integrators and their suppliers in understanding their legal obligations. The Topical Group covers European legislation – including REACH, CLP, WEEE, and RoHS – and presents the point of view of the railway industry during consultations.

Diesel Topical Group

This group follows the various initiatives and discussions ongoing in Europe concerning diesel engines. The group follow the activities of DG Grow regarding the emissions limits for rail vehicles set out in the regulation for diesel engines of non-road mobile machinery. For these tasks the UNIFE Diesel TG closely cooperation with UIC, CER and EUROMOT to exchange the views of the sector.

Fire Safety Topical Group

The Fire Safety Topical Group has closely followed and contributed to the progressive implementation of European Standards relating to fire protection on railway vehicles (EN 45545 series) and continues to monitor the revision of this series of standards. The group also contributes to related activities such as the development of a new standard for non-physical fire barriers, officially known as the Fire Containment and Control Systems (FCCS). Furthermore, the group has developed a fire certificate inventory list template.

In addition, this group contributes to the ERA activities on the development of the fire safety requirements within the TSI on safety in railway tunnels (TSI SRT).

Life Cycle Assessment Topical Group (LCA TG)

 

The Life Cycle Assessment Topical Group (LCA TG) pursues discussions on how to improve eco-performance of the rail sector and to optimize production and tendering costs taking into consideration both increasing customer demands and legislative and standardisation requirements, especially at EU level.

Train Control Management System Topical Group (TCMS TG)

The TCMS TG works on common solutions for the train communication network, the so called ‘brain of the train’. The group contributed to development of research proposals (including Shift2Rail) and also interfaces where necessary with the standardisation bodies.


  Note: Other UNIFE TGs have existed on the basis of the the SRG, UNIRAILINFRA Committee and Sustainable Transport Committee mandates such as Aerodynamics TG, Energy Efficiency Topical Group, Crash Safety TG and Railway Dynamics TG. More TG may be opened if required.

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