RCS Strategy Coordination Group

The implementation of a Regulations, Codes and Standards Strategy Coordination (RCS SC) is crucial for the market deployment of FCH systems. Today, the lack of harmonized RCS and PNR to fill RCS knowledge gaps at EU (and world) level is still recognised as a major barrier for the commercialization of FCH products.

Activities on Regulations, Codes and Standards (RCS) target the development as well as the actual use of harmonised performance-based standards for FCH appliances and systems, together with their safety in energy and transport applications that can (a) facilitate access to the market and (b) can serve as mandatory references in regulatory documents at EU level.

The FCH 2 JU Strategy on RCS therefore aims at deploying the activities needed to enable meeting the interests of the European FCH-community[1] in:

  • Developing science-based, fit-for-purpose European and international standards that promote and enable market deployment by providing the technical requirements to achieve safety and build public confidence
  • Establishing compliance/certification criteria within the EC and UN regulatory framework
  • Guiding authorities and other stakeholders in the application of RCS

To enable coordinated implementation of the above tasks, an industry-led Regulations, Codes and Standards Strategy Coordination Group (RCS SCG) was created in 2015, composed of representatives of Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research, assisted by JRC and with the support of the Programme Office.

The main activities of the RCS SCG are:

  1. Identification of strategic themes for RCS development and proposed follow-up
  2. Tailoring of the consecutive FCH2JU Annual Work Plans to best address RCS needs
  3. Transfer and ensuring actual use of PNR results in RCS development
  4. Establishing an approach to enhance European participation and influence in European and international RCS fora, including inputs to Annual Union Work Plans for Standardisation


Members list

ITM Power

Air Liquide




CCS Global Group


University of Birmingham



Electro Power Systems





Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (KIT)

Ulster University



Members area

Regulations Codes and Standards Strategy Coordination Group (RCS SCG) collaborative area


Public documents

(Under construction)


[1] REGULATION (EU) No 1025/2012 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 25 October 2012 on European standardisation