October 7, 2008
F-Seveso Final report is now available.
Please visit DG ENV website, click here.
Welcome to F-Seveso project

The Seveso II Directive (96/82/EC) on the control of major accident hazards defines a number of requirements for the operators of industrial sites using a certain amount of dangerous substances. In particular, the operators of chemical, petrochemical, storage and warehouses, metal refining industries, where the amount of dangerous substances is exceeding the thresholds laid down in annex 1 of the directive have to define a major accident prevention policy, and for the upper tiers to establish a safety report, implement a safety management system and define an internal emergency plan.

These requirements aim at preventing major accidents and mitigating their consequences, for the benefice of the society and the environment. However, non uniform implementation of these requirements in the various Member States can create significant market distortions within the European Union, and if the requirements in Europe compared to other part of the world are to strict and the impacts of these requirements not obvious, then the competitiveness of the industry can be affected.

Several recent projects and initiatives like the ARAMIS and SHAPE-RISK projects, or the survey performed by OECD on the Use of Safety Reports or Equivalent Documents in the Control of Major Accident Hazards, as well as the work of the European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS) have pointed out some possible improvements regarding the methods and tools used to control major accident hazards.

The European Commission is planning the revision of the Seveso II Directive (96/82/EC) starting in 2008. To monitor the implementation of the Seveso II Directive, and its amendments, the Commission Services establish a report every 3 years, based on the information provided by the Member States. But this information doesn't enable a qualitative analysis of the effectiveness of the directive and of its impact.

Therefore, to complement the regular triennial reports, which are essentially quantitative, the Commission Services have launched a study to assess the effectiveness of the directive and identify improvements that could be incorporated in a new version.

The European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi) has designed the F-SEVESO project and gained the contract for the European Commission Services to perform the study on the effectiveness of the Seveso II Directive.

F-SEVESO project focused on:
  • the adequation of the requirements imposed by the Directive to the operators of Seveso II Establishments and the objectives to prevent major accident and mitigate their consequences ;
  • the real impact of the requirements and the most effective way to measure it ;
  • the effectiveness of the implementation, in terms of compliance in the various Member States and industrial sectors, and the assessment of possible market distortion.
The project has been performed through a detailed survey, based on questionnaires and interviews.

Final report is available on the DG ENV website, at the bottom of the page, click here.
To download the report and its annexes:
. for the final report
. Annex 1A
. Annex 1B

For any questions regarding the project, please contact : f-seveso@eu-vri.eu

Project Description
Acronym: F-Seveso
Start date: November 06, 2006
End date: August 29, 2010
Total project value: 90000
Project coordinator: EU-VRi (Olivier Salvi)
Total number of partners: 12
Contact person (name/email): f-sevesoeu-vri.eu; salvieu-vri.eu
Project webpage R-Tech/EU-VRi: http://f-seveso.eu-vri.eu/


Fire protective equipment

According to the call for tender and to cover the objectives of the study recalled here above, EU-VRi propose to perform a study which will be based on the following steps:

• Selection of a representative sample of Member States and industrial sectors to analyse the implementation of the requirement imposed on operators of Seveso II establishments;
• Survey with focused and targeted questionnaires, using web-based tools, telephone and face-to-face interviews;
• Analysis of the answers to determine improvements and recommendations that will be review and assessed by a Steering Group composed by the Commission Services and some key stakeholders.

The content of the study is organised in 5 work packages, described hereunder.
WP1: Analysis and selection of industrial sectors to perform the detailed assessment (LEIA)
WP2: Assessment of implementation of Seveso II Directive (EU-VRi)
WP3: Detail analysis of the responses and conclusions of the survey (INERIS)
WP4: Infrastructure for dialog with stakeholders – IT support (R-TECH)
WP5: Management and coordination (EU-VRi)

Coordination team 
The coordinator is EU-VRi.

EU-VRi (the European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management) is the European organization which provides professional service, consulting, information and education needed in the broad area of modern integrated risk management and management of emerging risks.

The Work package leaders are:

WP1: LEIA    (Spain)
WP2: EU-VRi (Germany)
WP3: INERIS (France)
WP4: R-Tech (Germany)
WP5: EU-VRi (Germany)