The Agency develops overall principles for certification and regulation by organising the Network of national safety authorities. A dedicated task force allows the exchange of experience and produces guidance on certification and supervision/regulation activities.
Common safety methods on conformity assessment and common safety methods on supervision enable national safety authorities to assess the safety management systems of railway undertakings and infrastructure managers and to monitor how they deliver their operations.
The Agency reviews the development of safety certification to propose a strategy for the migration to a single safety certificate in the European Union, replacing the current two-part system.
With the aim of harmonising the overall principles for national investigation bodies the Agency develops a set of guiding principles relating to the fundamentals of accident investigation.
The Agency promotes cooperation and provides assistance to national investigation bodies by organising their Network, as well as workshops on specific topics. The Agency also provides assistance to national investigation bodies upon request.
To monitor the safety performance outcome the Agency collects, analyses and publishes data from common safety indicators accident investigation reports and annual safety reports.
The monitoring of the performance of national safety authorities is done in cooperation with their Network, through a cross-audit programme. The Agency provides training for the auditors and participates in mixed teams performing the audits.
In cooperation with volunteering national investigation bodies, an assessment programme is developed to monitor the performance of national investigation bodies.