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Lessons learned from 10 years of using the CSM for Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSMRA)

Lessons learned from 10 years of using the CSM for Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSMRA)

28 Apr 2021

Location: Online

External Event/ERA Presenter


28/04/2021 13h00 – 14h45 (Paris time)


The Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSMRA) is a European harmonised Regulation (Regulation 402/2013). It first became law in July 2010 for the assessment of technical changes to the railway system. The scope was then extended in 2012 to also include operational and organisational changes. This regulation applies to the UK (though COTIF*) and all EU member states. It is used as a common method for capturing, assessing, controlling and accepting risks arising from changes that can affect adversely the safety on the European Railways. In the 10 years since it was introduced use of the CSMRA has raised a number of issues.

The objective of this webinar is to review the use of the CSMRA over the last 10 years from the perspective of the Rail Industry, a National Safety Authority (Regulator) and the European Rail Agency (ERA) in terms of what has been experienced and what lessons have been learned. The webinar will include a brief introduction to the CSMRA covering its history, the method and the original objectives. There will then be three presentations from Network Rail, The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the European Rail Agency (ERA) on their experiences and lessons learned. This will be followed by a Q&A panel session when the presenters will answer your questions.

Dragan Jovicic, Safety and Operations Unit Project Officer at the European Rail Agency, will take part to the Webinar.

Further info can be found on the event website.