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NB-RAIL – Recommendation For Use (RFU)

In accordance with the principles of (EU) 2016/797 Art 44, (EC) No 765/2008 Art R30 & R17(11) and the Blue Guide 2016 (5.2.2&5.2.4) NB-Rail Coordination Group prepares recommendations for use in conjunction with the provisions of the TSIs and (EU) 2016/797 (so called RFUs).

The text of an RFU must undergo a three-level screening process where the proposed text is drafted, reviewed and improved between technical expert level, process expert level and endorsement by all notified bodies present at the NB-Rail Coordination Group plenary meeting. As a fundamental principle, an RFU shall ensure a uniform application of the current technical provisions of the applicable legislation as established by the European Commissions by clarification, but it cannot alter any mandatory content of this applicable legislation.

Although RFU's do not require formal approval from external bodies, at all 3 levels ERA representatives are informed and their feedback is welcomed and also the regulatory committee known as the "Railway Interoperability and Safety Committee (RISC)" can comment on RFUs in accordance with the procedure provided for in Article 51 of the Directive (EU) 2016/797.

RFUs are published as primary source as defined by the Blue Guide 2016 (5.2.4) on the European Community webpage https://circabc.europa.eu. RFUs are “administrative decisions” as defined by Directive (EU) 2016/797 Art 30.6 and therefore shall be applied by all notified bodies.

As this resource is by many considered as difficult to navigate, NB-Rail Association supports the NB-Rail Coordination Group to present the same RFUs also on this webpage here below.

Adopted Recommendation For Use
All subsystems
RFU-STR-001 Content of EC Certificates
RFU-STR-011 Content of NoBo file
RFU-STR-016 Acceptance of safety assessments
RFU-STR-022 Test laboratories
RFU-STR-036 QM system of manufacturer or applicant
RFU-STR-043 Tolerances
RFU-STR-059 Application of H modules for design examination
RFU-STR-060 Validity of Certificates
RFU-STR-065 QMS approval - core elements
RFU-STR-085 Usage of intermediate statements of verification
RFU-STR-086 Certification outside TEN
RFU-STR-088 Scope of assessment requirements for conformity assessment by NoBos
RFU-STR-092 Use of modules
RFU-STR-095 Translation discrepancies in TSIs
RFU-STR-700 Modules CB and CD by different applicants
RFU-STR-702 Application of RFUs, QCs, TOs and TAs
RFU-STR-704 Remote Evaluation due to Covid-19 pandemic
RFU-STR-705 Fixed installations
Subsystems trackside and on-board CCS
RFU-CCS-040 IC RBC certification
RFU-CCS-058 HW-SW modifications of already certified CCS assemblies
RFU-CCS-067 Subset-076 test sequences and results
RFU-CCS-077 Certificates with restrictions and conditions for use
RFU-CCS-078 ETCS stop marker boards
RFU-CCS-501 Marker board dimensions
RFU-CCS-502 Acceptance of safety assessment
Subsystem energy
RFU-ENE-096 OCL IC assesment - test phase
RFU-ENE-097 Pantograph spacing assessment
Subsystem infrastructure
RFU-INS-035 Fire protection for structures
RFU-INS-037 Use of railhead profile 60E2
RFU-INS-042 Applicable standards
RFU-INF-050 Water filling connector
RFU-INF-087 ICs wooden sleepers
RFU-INF-101 Fastening tests results
RFU-INF-102 ICs Track components not covered by chapt5
RFU-INF-103 Assessment procedure of existing structures
RFU-INF-104 Width of obstacle-free route
RFU-INF-105 Level crossings operating rules
RFU-INF-106 Platform offset
RFU-PRM-054 Lighting
RFU-PRM-063 Ticket vending machine
RFU-PRM-064 Transparent obstacles
RFU-PRM-073 RASTI measurements
RFU-PRM-077 Baby change cubicle
Subsystem rolling stock
RFU-RST-026 Free spaces at end of wagon
RFU-RST-027 Noise conformity assessment
RFU-RST-028 Application of modules A1 and H1 according to TSI freight wagon
RFU-RST-074 Assessment procedure in case of modified freight wagons
RFU-RST-078 Multiple trainset operation - train mass
RFU-RST-079 Criteria for departing a platform
RFU-RST-082 Application of CSM in the framework of the EC verification procedure
RFU-RST-083 Fatigue tests wheelsets
RFU-RST-090 Audible information in cab
RFU-RST-094 Assessment procedure in case of an open point
RFU-RST-097 Y25 family in TSI WAG 321-2013
RFU-RST-099 Simplified evaluation NOI TSI
RFU-RST-300 Compatibility with train detection systems
RFU-RST-301 EMS assessment
RFU-RST-302 Degraded modes and conditions
RFU-RST-304 Mechanical strength of manual end coupling
RFU-RST-305 Validation plan axle box housing
RFU-RST-306 Required fatigue life
RFU-RST-307 Safety assessment of wheel slide protection
RFU-RST-308 Structural strength of running gear
RFU-RST-309 Carry on-board rescue coupler
RFU-RST-310 Load conditions brake
RFU-PRM-066 Applicability of turning circle in universal toilet
RFU-PRM-076 Interpretation of clearway requirements in the PRM TSI
Subsystems infrastructure and rolling stock
RFU-PRM-053 Contrast
RFU-PRM-055 Assessment of IC at subsystem level

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