The Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSMRA) is a European harmonised Regulation (Regulation 402/2013). It first became law in July 2010 for the assessment of technical changes to the railway system. The scope was then extended in 2012 to also include operational and organisational changes. This regulation applies to the UK (though COTIF*) and all EU member states. It is used as a common method for capturing, assessing, controlling and accepting risks arising from changes that can affect adversely the safety on the European Railways. In the 10 years since it was introduced use of the CSMRA has raised a number of issues.

The objective of this webinar is to review the use of the CSMRA over the last 10 years from the perspective of the Rail Industry, a National Safety Authority (Regulator) and the European Rail Agency (ERA) in terms of what has been experienced and what lessons have been learned. The webinar will include a brief introduction to the CSMRA covering its history, the method and the original objectives. There will then be three presentations from Network Rail, The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the European Rail Agency (ERA) on their experiences and lessons learned. This will be followed by a Q&A panel session when the presenters will answer your questions.

*The Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail


If you are not familiar with the CSMRA methodology and would like more information, please click on the following links for a methodology summary document and for a more detailed description an ERA slide pack.

The webinar will be presented by:

Dragan Jovicic, Safety and Operations Unit Project Officer at the European Rail Agency.

Dragan has more than 25 years of experience in the railway sector safety.  Before joining the European Rail Agency (ERA) in 2006, he worked in the railway industry in the control command branch of ALSTOM for 13 years. He was Project Safety Assurance Manager in charge of the RAMS activities and production of Safety Cases in line with the requirements of the CENELEC 50126, -8 and -9 Standards.  At the ERA Dragan has taken part in the writing of the CSMRA, and revised Regulation 352/2009. Currently, Dragan is supporting the Member States and European railway sector in:

  • the establishment of the accreditation/recognition of assessment bodies (AsBos) in compliance with Annex II of Reg. 402/2013 and the ISO/IEC 17020 standard,
  • the management of the AsBo Cooperation Group and the development of recom­mendations for use (RFUs) to improve the harmonisation of the AsBo accreditation/recognition, as well as working methods across the EU.

Ivan Lucic, PhD MSc BEng(Hons) EurEng CEng FIMechE FIET, Engineering Systems Director, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail

Ivan is an experienced railways system assurance and systems integration management professional, who earned the rail industry’s widespread recognition and reputation for driving the development and implementation of risk based, pragmatic, delivery-focused system integration and assurance solutions, on some of the most complex railway projects in the UK. His railways career includes numerous senior roles within the Railway Industry, most recently in 2018 when he became the Engineering Systems Director in Network Rail Infrastructure Projects and later the chair of Eastern Region Safety Review Panel.

Pete Gracey, BEng CEng MIET FIRSE MRi VR, Head of Interoperability and Rail Vehicle Engineering at the ORR

A former Royal Navy submarine weapon engineer officer, Pete has over 17 years of experience in railway safety, signal engineering and interoperability. His railway career has included project delivery for Network Rail, Bechtel and Crossrail. He was the Systems Engineering Manager for the Docklands Light Railway during the extensive preparations for the London 2012 Olympics, and senior AsBo / NoBo signatory for the Network Certification Body. He took up his current role at the Office of Rail and Road in early 2020. Pete is also a freeman of the City of London and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers.



Wednesday, 28th April 2021 at 12:00pm


Wednesday, 28th April 2021 at 1:45pm


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