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Guideline on Safety Certification

To operate public rail services, railway undertakings require a safety certificate. This rule can be traced back to the national transposition of the European Safety Directive (Directive 2004/49/EC), which was put into force by the (then) 5th Act amending Railway Regulations at the end of April 2007.

Applications for safety certificates are to be submitted to the national safety authority. In the Federal Republic of Germany, this is the Federal Railway Authority.

In accordance with Section 4 of the Regulations on the Safety of the Railway System (Railway Safety Regulations), the Federal Railway Authority has described the process from the submission of an application to the receipt of a safety certificate in the following guide. It describes the requirements for safety certificates and safety authorizations and lists the documents that have to be submitted.

The aim of the guide is to assist railway undertakings in preparing the application documents. To this end, it describes, in both qualitative and quantitative terms, the documents that have to be submitted with the application, plus the stages and duration of the review process, in order to minimize queries or additional requirements during processing as far as possible.

List of Documents

Please note: The documents provided here are translations of German texts. Only the most recent versions of the German documents are binding.