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

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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 August 2023


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
  • 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
  • Komenda Główna Policji (NPH), Poland
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Wednesday 1 May 2019