This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 832981


CBRNe incidents can have a high impact on society. The main goal of the PROACTIVE project is to enhance preparedness against and response to a CBRNe incident through a better harmonisation of procedures between various categories of practitioners, and a better understanding of the needs of vulnerable citizen groups.
A Practitioner Stakeholder Advisory Board (PSAB) and a Civil Society Advisory Board (CSAB) have been created and are under continuous expansion. The project activities include systematic reviews, surveys, focus-groups, workshops and three field exercises (jointly with project eNotice) in which the PSAB and CSAB will be engaged.

Main objectives

  • IDENTIFY behavioural issues associated with responding to a CBRNe incident and potential shortcomings in existing practitioner procedures and tools with respect to vulnerable groups.
  • IMPROVE real-time communication and collaboration with the use of new tools such as mobile apps for better situational awareness and better response coordination.
  • TEST combinations of selected tools in joint field exercises which deliberately involve a diverse population that encompasses vulnerable citizens and non-trained staff.
  • PROVIDE human-centred recommendations for EU standards concerning the integration of CBRNe technologies and innovations that are better adapted to the needs of all citizens.
    Added value for rail
  • PROACTIVE will enhance CBRNe preparedness & response from a human factor point of view, for e.g. the interaction between rail stakeholders, security practitioners (e.g. LEAs) and highly trained CBRNe first responders and members of the public, including vulnerable categories such as passengers with reduced mobility
  • PROACTIVE will carry out 3 joint field exercises (one per year in a different country), where the railway environment is a priority setting, leading to improved cooperation, adapted SOPs, better training principles, etc. for rail stakeholders
  • PROACTIVE will provide toolkits for both practitioners and citizens, comprising validated pre-incident public information materials on CBRNe, practical web collaborative platform to foster cooperation and a new CBRNe compatible disaster app adapted to various vulnerable citizen categories

PROACTIVE Project results will be disseminated through the UIC Rail Security Hub, an online platform where users will be able to easily retrieve information on security solutions, provide inputs and share comments and operational experiences.


1 May 2019 - 31 June 2022


Leadership: UIC Security Division

  • CBRNE Ltd (CBRNE), United Kingdom
  • Population Protection Institute (PPI – Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic), Czech Republic
  • Deutsche Bahn AG (DB), Germany
  • Inspectoratul General Pentru Situatii de Urgenta (IGSU), Romania
  • Umea Universitet (UMU), Sweden
  • Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei (DHPOL), Germany
  • Rinisoft Ltd (RINISOFT), Bulgaria
  • West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (WMP), UK
  • Eticas Research and Consulting SL (ETICAS), Spain
  • State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU), Ukraine
  • Department of Health – Public Health England (PHE), UK
  • State Police of Latvia (SPL), Latvia
  • An Garda Síochána – National Police Force Ireland (AGS), Ireland
  • Forsvarets Forskningsinstitutt (FFI), Norway


7th R&D Framework Programme/Horizon 2020 Acoustic control for new composite blocks Administ of HERMES Messages + relating 900 Leaflets Administration of Passenger Commercial Issues Administration of Passenger Technical Issues Artificial Intelligence for Remote Monitoring Asset Management – unified procurement methods in order to achieve high quality for less money Asset Management Common Method and Template in a GIS implementation Brake Performance Deficiency of UCT (Unaccompanied Container Transport) trains Capacity4Rail Commuter and Regional Train Services Commuter and Regional Train Services II Composite brake block behaviour under winter conditions CYRAIL DEcision-making and Slab-track MANagement Design, definition and localisation of a "Trackcircuit" for detection of broken rails without detect DIGIM DIGIM II Digital Observatory & New Projects Platform Direct electropneumatic brake Direct Radio Link for Train Completeness Safety Check DOOR TO DOOR e- WAG ECCO Phase 2 ECCO Phase 3 EES Platform Activitie Emergency Brake Valves Performance on ERTMS Lines Energy & Electric Traction Experts Group Energy Efficiency Best Practice Workshops Energy Efficiency Best Practice Workshops (Europe) eRail Freight Intermodal – Phase 2 ERTMS Platform services EUR palette European Standard Freight Wagon Axle for 25t (ESFA 25) Exceptional and Over-Loads on Existing Infrastructures Exchange of Railway Vehicules phase 2 Formalization of Interfaces Functional Specifications Future Railways Mobile Communications Systems Solutions GALILEO Panel of Experts GSM-R GSM-R Network Management Harmonised Methodology for Infrastructure Lifetime Assessment Harmonization of track quality description and assessment High Speed Activities Holding Force 2017 How to improve the overall safety at level crossings using new technologies and operating modes to m Impact of the digitalisation on the modern Traffic Operation possibilities (linked to “Traffic manag IPAAB AUDIT Lasting Infrastructure Benchmarking Long term development of railway stations Long trains with distributed power New UIC Standard "Overhead Conductor Rail Requirements" Noise Technical Advice Other Freight Activities Panel of Experts Activity - Asset Management Group Panel Of Structural Experts Passenger Accessibility Solutions Support and Action Group for Europe Passenger Accessibility Solutions Support and Action Group for Europe II Passenger Door System, Alarm System and Communication System: Safety and Standardised Operation PRIFIS PRM Assistance Booking Tool PROACTIVE RailTopoModel (ERIM) RailTopoModel extension for Building information modelling (BIM) RailTopoModel for Geographic Information Systems RailTopoModel for Simulation Railway Telecom Panel of Experts Recommendations for the DEsign and use of MOnoblock concrete SLEEPERs Reference guide of core rail job profiles and professional competences Requirement DataBase EUTREQ rEvERsE REVERSIBLE SUBSTATIONS Revision of UIC Leaflet 930 RIC Rolling Stock Bogie Energy Management and Brake-Wheel interaction Rolling Stock multimedia applications Rolling Stock on board applications (traction-braking management) and commissioning Rules for the consist and braking of international freight trains SAFER-LC SAFETY PLATEFORM SATLOC+ (follow up of SATLOC) system safety demonstration on the basis of the formal functional mode SECURITY PLATFORM SFERA: Smart communications for efficient rail activities SHERPA Signalling Panel of Experts Station Managers Global Group Station Managers Global Group Technical advice and assessment of European Railway noise policy and research Tourism potential of railway services Tourism Potential of Railway Services 2 Track Circuit Shunting Booster Track Experts Group Activity - (TEG) including INNOTRACK Dissemination Track stability and prevention of buckling Train Bus Applications and Homologation TRAINING CENTRE NETWORKS TRISTRAM UIC Control App UIC-IEC Overhead Contact Line life cycle harmonization Upgrading and Updating the UIC Standard 413 URT - PRISM (Passenger Railway International Security-based Mobile app) Vegetation Control and Use of Herbicides WG Pallets Wheel: European Standard low maintenance for 25t traffic Works of Programme Managers and SETs XBORDER quick wins