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NB-RAIL – Recommendation For Use (RFU)

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) NB-Rail prepares Recommendation For Use in conjunction with the provisions of the TSIs and 2008/57/EC (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 “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 RFU's in accordance with the procedure provided for in Article 29 of the Directive 2008/57/EC.

RFUs are published as primary source as defined by the Blue Guide 2014 (5.2.4) on the European Community webpage https://circabc.europa.eu.

As this resource is by many considered as difficult to navigate, a number of Notified Bodies are co-operating 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 Technical File
RFU-STR-013 Conformity to other regulations
WKD-STR-004 Listing of directives relating to RFU-PLG-013
RFU-STR-022 Test Laboratories
RFU-STR-024 Common Certificates
RFU-STR-036 QM System of Manufacturer or Applicant
RFU-STR-041 Use of IC certified using an earlier version of the TSI
RFU-STR-043 Tolerances
RFU-STR-044 Derogations Specific Cases
RFU-STR-045 Applicable European Specifications
RFU-STR-046 IC HW-SW modifications
RFU-STR-059 Application of H modules for design examination
RFU-STR-060 Validity of Certificates
RFU-STR-065 Assessment of QMS
WKD-STR-006 QMS core elements
RFU-STR-085 Usage of Intermediate Statements of Verification
RFU-STR-086 Draft 01a Certification outside TEN
RFU-STR-088 Scope of Assessment Requirements for Conformity Assessment by NoBos
RFU-STR-092 Use of modules
RFU 0-000-04 Certificate Compliance with Other Directives
RFU 0-000-10 Certificate expiry dates
RFU 0-000-14 Verification evidence from others
RFU 0-000-17 Interim statements of conformity
RFU 0-000-18 Perishable Evidence - Certification by NoBo
Subsystems trackside and on-board CCS
RFU-CCS-030 Use of computer tools
RFU-CCS-040 IC RBC Certification
RFU-CCS-058 HW-SW modifications of already certified CCS assembles
RFU-CCS-067 Subset-76
RFU-CCS-077 Certificates with restrictions and conditions for use
RFU 2-000-16 Cross acceptance of safety case
RFU 2-400-23 Use of SH2 module for CCS subsystem
Subsystem energy
RFU-ENE-039 Regenerative Braking
RFU-ENE-091 Measuring of static contact force
RFU-ENE-096 OCL IC Assesment Test Phase
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-PRM-054 Lighting
RFU-PRM-063 Ticket_vending_machine
RFU-PRM-064 Transparent Obstacles
RFU-PRM-073 RASTI Measurements
Subsystem rolling stock
RFU-RST-026 Free Spaces at End of Wagon
RFU-RST-027 Noise Conformity Assessment
RFU-RST-029 YQ acceptance criteria
RFU-RST-031 Mix of TSI
RFU-RST-033 Fire Requirements for bogie
RFU-RST-034 Definition of Acoustically Similar
RFU-RST-038 On Track Machines Fire Performance
RFU-RST-051 IC Function of table Q1
RFU-RST-052 IC Modules allowed for IC not included in table Q1
RFU-RST-056 fire_standards
RFU-RST-057 Emergency Brake Override
RFU-RST-061 Material properties for rolling stock
RFU-RST-062 Water restocking
RFU-RST-068 Engine shutdown
RFU-RST-069 Mechanical material properties TSI WAG
RFU-RST-070 TSI WAG use of Annex EE
RFU-RST-072 Material Properties for Rolling Stock-EN45545-2
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-080 Notification of Rescue Services-29-10-2013
RFU-RST-082 Application of CSM in the Framework of the EC Verification Procedure
RFU-RST-083 Fatigue tests wheelsets
RFU-RST-089 Wheel slide protection-coaches
RFU-RST-090 Audible information in cab
RFU-RST-093 Use of mix of new and old TSI
RFU-RST-094 Assessment procedure in case of an open point
RFU-PRM-066 Applicability of turning circle in universal toilet
RFU-PRM-071 Number of priority seats for PRM
RFU-PRM-075 Assessment of on-board lifts
RFU-PRM-076 Interpretation of clearway requirements in the PRM-TSI
RFU 5-000-06 Windsceen
RFU 5-000-12 Windscreen (Testing of ...)
RFU 5-000-19 Maintenance file
RFU 5-000-20 Running gear instability
RFU 5-000-21 Train on fire
Subsystems infrastructure and rolling stock
RFU-PRM-053 Contrast
RFU-PRM-055 Assessment of IC at Subsystem Level