ERFA regularly provides input and technical expertise to the regulatory process via working groups established by the European Railway Agency and/or the European Commission.
ERFA actively participates in the following working groups:
|FFG – Freight Focus Group, ERA||The Freight Focus Group was established in 2013 as a working party and is chaired by ERA (Safety Unit). The participants are representatives from the sector associations (ERFA, CER, UIP, UIRR etc.) and National Safety Authorities.
The main objectives are:
|CoCB - Cooperation of Certification Bodies, ERA||The ERA working group “Cooperation of Certification Bodies was established in September 2012 and is chaired by ERA (Safety Unit). It shall serve as a forum for Certification Bodies, NSAs and sector associations (e.g. ERFA) and covers issues related to the ECM certification for vehicles.
The main objectives are:
In 2014 a dedicated task force on “a common framework for assessing the capability of certified ECMs to manage their contractors” (e.g. ECM providing sub functions) was established.
|RVRR - Rationalisation of Vehicle Related Registers, ERA||One result of the “Study on Coherence and Consistency of Registers” which was supported by various stakeholders and published in 2012 by ERA showed that there is a need for rationalisation of the various vehicle related registers in order to improve efficiency and remove duplication of data.
The main objective of the 2013 established working group, chaired by ERA, is to draft an Agency Recommendation consolidating the various registers in a single system and giving consideration to the problems reported by the stakeholders and recorded in the 2012 Study.
|Taskforce on Single Safety Certificate, RISC||The development and implementation of the Single Safety Certificate (SSC) for railway undertakings has been a long term objective according to the principles identified in the Railway safety directive 2004/49/EC. Since several workstreams of ERA Safety Unit are linked to the achievement of the SSC, a programme management approach is needed to ensure the right momentum.
A Task Force shall drive the programme towards its successful delivery: it will be provided with the information collected from the various related projects of the Agency and contribute to monitoring the efficiency of the overall programme. Member States, NSAs, the sector (e.g. ERFA) and railway undertakings shall be represented.
|SERAC Expert Group on Noise, DG Move||The Working Group was established in 2011 and the main objective is to develop harmonized noise differentiated track access charges to be implemented on a voluntary basis by those Member States who believe that such schemes help to mitigate noise emitting from rail freight wagons in short and mid-term. The Group is chaired by DG MOVE and attended by representatives from Member States and Switzerland (e.g. Ministries of Transport), NGOs and sector representatives (e.g. ERFA, CER, UIP).|
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