Accelerator for user-oriented harmonisation of rolling stock

Landscape

Position

EuroSpec is focussing on the domain of passenger rolling stock for use on the heavy railway network in Europe.

Unique position EUROSPEC

EuroSpec is not a standardisation body, but an organisation that provides common, functional and harmonised specifications for rolling stock system and components from the perspective of European Railway operators. In the European standardisation process the harmonisation from users perspective is important for the success of the final sector standard.
EuroSpec fills the gap of missing harmonized specifications in the voluntary domain.

Link to CEN/CENELEC/ETSI

CEN, CENELEC and ETSI are the mandated standardisation bodies in Europe (ligned with the Regulation(EU) No 1025/2012). These define common standards based on the expertise from manufacturers, users and other knowledgeable experts from the Member States. EuroSpec does deliver contribution to the European standardisation process by collecting and harmonising the specifications form operators’ perspective.
EuroSpec will not duplicate work of existing CEN or CENELEC standardisation groups. An EuroSpec can be a starting point of a new EN-standard.
visit: www.cenelec.eu; www.ce.eu; www.etsi.org

Link to European Union Agency for Railways and the European Regulations

EuroSpec is not linked to the work on the railway regulatory framework carried out by the European institutions, the European Union Agency for Railways and the Representative Bodies.
visit: www.era.europa.eu & http://grbrail.eu/

Link to UNIFE

EuroSpec leaves the development of rolling stock and its systems and components fully up to the manufacturers and suppliers.
EuroSpec signed a MoU with UNIFE. The draft final versions of a new or revised EuroSpec is systematically commented by UNIFE-members.
visit: www.unife.org

Link to UIC

EuroSpec does not duplicate existingUIC leaflets / IRS or anyongoing work. No formal link with UIC has been established.
UIC has acknowledges Eurospec in its Standardisation strategy
visit: https://uic.org

Link to CER

CER is promoting EuroSpec in its vision paper “Boosting railways for the 21st century”.
visit: www.cer.be

The outlook

Operators have shown to be able to reduce their own specific requirements by making use of the first Eurospecs;
For a sustainable railway sector further harmonisation is needed:

  • Increase of reliability by sharing good practice and experience;
  • Simplification of tender process in time and effort;
  • Increase cost efficiency by standardised products
  • Smooth adaptation of innovations by harmonised approach
EuroSpec fills a gap in the current standardisation landscape by harmonising the requirements from the train operators perspective; EuroSpec is a means to obtaining mature products needed to offer excellent products to the end customers.