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Common Safety Method for Conformity Assessment  
 
The Common Safety Method for Conformity Assessment (CSM CA) is addressed to national safety authorities (NSAs). The CSM CA is based on two Commission Regulations – one (Commission Regulation (EU) 1158/2010) for Railway Undertakings (RUs) seeking a safety certificate and another (Commission Regulation (EU) 1169/2010) for Infrastructure Managers (IMs) seeking a safety authorisation.
 
The CSM CA sets out legally the harmonised way in which all NSAs should approach assessments prior to the award of safety certificates and safety authorisations and establishes principles they need to apply to supervision after the award of the safety certificate or safety authorisation. The Commission Regulations were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 10 and 11 December 2010 and became binding on Member States twenty days after its publication.
The CSM CA is an important building block in harmonisation of decision-making principles amongst NSAs. The two Regulations set out a unified and coherent framework both for the assessment and award of safety certificates/authorisations
but also a common framework of principles for supervision after the award of the certificate/authorisation. Day to day application of the CSM CA should help develop mutual trust amongst NSAs in reassuring them that decisions are being taken within a common framework of principles.
 

 

 Documents

 
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10-03-2017Since the beginning of 2016, on request of the Commission, the Agency has worked out its proposal for the Commission Implementing Act on the practical arrangements for safety certification, as referred to in Article 10(10) of Directive (EU) 2016/798. To that end, the Agency has arranged a series of workshops in order to provide a forum for the exchange of opinions, views and experiences among stakeholders. During each workshop, key issues raised by stakeholders during prior consultations have been discussed and where practicable, a consensus on how to address these issues was reached. Based on the outcomes of discussions at the different workshops, the Agency has developed its proposal for the Commission Implementing Act on the practical arrangements for safety certification, as referred to in Article 10(10) of Directive (EU) 2016/798.
09-03-2017The Agency has received the mandate to further harmonise conformity assessment approaches among Member States through the revision of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1158/2010 on a common safety method for assessing conformity with the requirements for obtaining railway safety certificates, Commission Regulation (EU) No 1169/2010 on a common safety method for assessing conformity with the requirements for obtaining a railway safety authorisation (also named ‘the Common Safety Methods (CSMs) on Conformity Assessment’) and Commission Regulation (EU) No 1177/2012 on a common safety method for supervision by national safety authorities after issuing a safety certificate or safety authorisation (also named ‘the CSM on Supervision’). The Agency proposes to repeal the above Regulations and recommends that the Commission adopts the draft Commission Delegated Regulations included below. To accompany its recommendation, the Agency has also developed: - An accompanying report, which provides information about the development of this recommendation, working methods, the minority opinions raised by the stakeholders and the Agency conclusions; and - A light impact assessment report.
17-11-2016The Agency has received the mandate to further harmonise conformity assessment approaches among Member States through the revision of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1158/2010 on a common safety method for assessing conformity with the requirements for obtaining railway safety certificates, Commission Regulation (EU) No 1169/2010 on a common safety method for assessing conformity with the requirements for obtaining a railway safety authorisation (also named ‘the Common Safety Methods (CSMs) on Conformity Assessment’) and Commission Regulation (EU) No 1177/2012 on a common safety method for supervision by national safety authorities after issuing a safety certificate or safety authorisation (also named ‘the CSM on Supervision’). To that end, the Agency shall submit to the Commission its final recommendation on the revision of the above CSMs not later than 1 June 2017. In accordance with Article 6 and Article 7 of Regulation (EU) 2016/796, the Agency shall consult the social partners and organisations representing rail freight customers and passengers. In accordance with the Commission mandate (C(2016) 5504), the Agency shall also consult the network of National Safety Authorities set up under Article 38(1) of Regulation (EU) 2016/796 and Article 18(4) of Directive (EU) 2016/798.
12-06-2015The purpose of this guidance document is to address known issues faced by National Safety Authorities (NSA) in relation to general principles underpinning the application for, the validity and update of safety certificates and safety authorisations. It also proposes a safety assessment process for NSA to ensure a consistent approach to applications from Railway Undertakings and Infrastructure Managers, respectively for the granting of safety certificates and safety authorisations.
24-07-2014The purpose of the document is to describe in more details the planning of the project, including its organisation, for the revision of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1158/2010 on a common safety method for assessing conformity with the requirements for obtaining railway safety certificates, Commission Regulation (EU) No 1169/2010 on a common safety method for assessing conformity with the requirements for obtaining a railway safety authorisation and Commission Regulation (EU) No 1077/2012 on a common safety method for supervision by national safety authorities after issuing a safety certificate or safety authorisation.
16-06-2014This paper sets out an analysis of the application of the Common Safety Method (CSM) for assessing conformity with the requirements for obtaining railway safety, the CSM for assessing conformity with the requirements for obtaining a railway safety authorisation and the CSM on supervision. This analysis is required to support the Mandate from the Commission agreed by Rail Interoperability and Safety Committee that the CSMs need to be reviewed and revised in order to ensure that a more consistent approach across NSAs is adopted.
16-10-2013This study provides an extensive review to screen and select what techniques and methods are available and could be used in auditing the safety management system of Railway Undertakings and Infrastructure Managers
20-06-2011In order to provide further help to the railway sector in understanding the concepts of SMS and to the National Safety Authorities in assessing the SMSs and supervising the safety performance, the European Railway Agency has now published a leaflet on the concepts of a safety management system and the Common Safety Method for Conformity Assessment.
07-04-2011The main focus of this guide is to provide practical help for NSAs on effectively conducting the assessment phase of their activities prior to awarding safety certificates or safety authorisations.
 
 

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