There are many types of standards used in the rail industry today, all with varying levels of applicability. The video and guidance provide a good introduction to standards and the legal 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 – through the company’s 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 created two railway standards knowledge self-assessment tests to help gauge your understanding and directs you to further guidance. These are the:

The self-assessment tests are anonymous. RSSB will only collect personal data on your role and the part of industry you work in. We will also collect anonymous data on the test scores. This enables us to identify which parts of the industry have used the self-assessments and gauge the level of understanding of the relevant topic. This information will allow RSSB to improve its content.

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.