Changing and responding to standards

How do you create, revise or withdraw standards?

If you want to create a new requirement, revise or withdraw a requirement in existing standards managed by RSSB, you should start by completing a Request for Help form and sending to us by email to

The arrangements for doing this are documented in the Railway Group Standards Code (the Code), and the method is outlined in the Standards Manual. Before you complete an application for change, it may be beneficial to check with your organisation as they may have their own internal protocol for managing and submitting proposals from your company in a centralised way.

You should follow this process for all RSSB-managed standards including - Rail Industry Standards (RIS), Rail Industry Guidance Notes (GN), Railway Group Standards, and National Operations Publications (NOPs) – NOPs includes the Rule Book. 

What happens next?

By completing the Request for Help form, we can capture the key information on questions about or proposed change to standards or NOPs. 

Request for help submissions will be submitted to the relevant Lead Standards Committee Chair and Supporting Standard Committee Chairs for consideration and recorded in the, Request for Help Log, which tracks the progress of the Request for help applications.

We will use the information provided to assess whether the request should be addressed by a proposal for change, a deviation, an amendment or clarification or by providing advice.  Submitting a Request for Help will enable parties:

  • To clearly explain the challenges they are experiencing and the benefits being sought.  This will better inform Standards Committees when making a decision on a proposal for change.
  • To set out the challenges they are experiencing in complying with one or more requirements, but they are not sure whether the document should be changed or whether they should seek a deviation.
  • To seek advice or help with interpreting or applying the document.  The advice could be addressed by an amendment or clarification.    

If you are not sure how to complete the form, please contact Maryann Cox on 020 3142 5561.

You can also get in touch with our technical specialists for advice or help with the interpretation and application of standards (including RISs, RGSs, Technical Specifications for Interoperability and other European standards) or NOPs, in the following areas:

  • Control, command and signalling
  • Energy (electrification systems)
  • Infrastructure (including track, structures and stations)
  • Rolling stock
  • Plant
  • Traffic, operation and management

Technical specialists can be contacted via the customer self-service portal desk or by calling 020 3142 5400. 

Proposals process

When a Request for Help will be addressed by a proposal for change, RSSB shall determine the priority that should be given to the proposal taking account of the associated urgency, importance, nature and scale of the proposal, and in the context of other work being carried out on behalf of Industry.

Proposals will be submitted to the relevant Standards Committee(s) for consideration and recorded in the Proposal register, which tracks the progress of the proposal through the consideration process described in the Code. To understand how the industry agrees standards, the role of the standards committees and other related groups see how industry agree standards

 If you are unsure which committee(s) may have an interest in the subject of your proposal, please contact Maryann Cox on 020 3142 5561.

If your proposal has been approved, and once it has been developed to a point where a firm programme for the production of a new or revised standard has been drawn up, you can track its progress in the Standards Programme.

Consultations on standards

RSSB publish a plan of Standards Programme consultation dates covering the next 6 months.

Further information

If you have any queries  about change proposals please contact: Maryann Cox on 020 3142 5561.
If you have any queries about the standards programme please contact: Andy Firth on 020 3142 5429.


Forthcoming standards consultations
Request for help log
Proposals register (pdf)
RSSB standards programme
Request for help form
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Tel: 020 3142 5446
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