The development of an efficient, competitive and safe rail system directly depends on the ability of technologies, components and systems to interoperate beyond borders. To achieve these standards are crucially important. The
International Union of Railways (UIC) and the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) have signed a Cooperation Agreement in Geneva, Switzerland. The Cooperation Agreement describes the role, scope, methods and means of collaboration between the two organizations in view of developing standards that will increase the safety,
efficiency and cost-effectiveness of rail systems and benefit the whole railway sector.
A closer collaboration between the IEC and UIC will make best use of the extensive expertise of each organization and avoid duplication in the development of the standards needed for all aspects of the railway system.The Cooperation Agreement directly responds to the wish of stakeholders represented in both organisations and will bring about a real step change in the rail industry.
The joint work is led by the SLG (Strategic Liaison Group), with representatives of each organization. Meetings will be hosted twice a year alternatively by the IEC and UIC. Among the first tasks of the SLG will be the development of a modus operandi related to the development and maintenance of standards, as well as the preparation of a work programme that is of mutual interest to both partners.