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Topic: law

National Safety Rules

In accordance with the first EU Safety Directive 2004/49/EC, the Federal Railway Authority has initially informed the European Commission about relevant national safety rules for the rail system in Germany in 2008. The “Communication from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Commission of the European Communities" of 25 January 2008 is available to download below.

The European Railway Authority (ERA) has further developed the definition of national safety rules, and the notification was updated accordingly. The new EU Safety Directive 2019/798 brought further development to this subject. Current information on notified national safety rules can be retrieved in ERA database "NOTIF-IT" (database for the notification of national railway safety and technical rules). This database is soon to be replaced by the "single rules database", where all national rules will be available.