Standards Self-Assessment

This page provides a toolkit of a video, bite-sized guidance and a self-assessment test on standards to help you gain a better understanding of how to use standards and how they link together.


There are many types of standards used in the rail industry today, all with varying levels of applicability. This video and these bite-size pieces of guidance are a good introduction to standards and the framework surrounding them.

How are standards given force?

The requirement to comply with standards under specified circumstances is given force by different means, depending on the 'appropriate authority' that requires compliance.

These are:

  • The law – European (such as Commission Decisions and Commission Regulations) and national (such as Acts of Parliament and Regulations).
  • Licence conditions – imposed through the operator licence granted by the Office of Rail and Road.
  • By a company itself, through its safety management system and contracts.
Please read Complying with legislation and Understanding and applying standards to find out how the different types of standards and legislation fit together.


Railway standards - knowledge self-assessment test

We have developed a Railway Standards Knowledge Self-Assessment Test, to help you to gauge your understanding and to direct you to further guidance.

Once you have submitted your completed assessment, you will immediately receive tailored feedback for each of the questions you have attempted. This will contain information and links to further reading that will help you understand where there might be gaps in your knowledge.

The questionnaire is anonymous. RSSB will only collect personal data on your role and what part of industry you work in. We will also collect anonymous data on the test scores. This will enable us to measure which parts of the industry have used the self-assessment and to broadly gauge the level of understanding of railway standards and the legal framework surrounding them. This information will allow RSSB to improve our content.

If you feel that you would benefit from additional training on railway standards please email

The impact of Brexit

Please read Defining the future of standards to find out about the direction of travel of standards and the impact of Brexit.

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