Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Alternative Means of Compliance (AltMoC)

Since the establishment of ICAO and the beginning of the regulation of civil aviation safety, complexity and density of aviation operations have not ceased to increase, together with the array of technological choices available.

The complexity of the aviation sector makes it impossible to regulate aviation without having different levels of regulatory text. While in some cases it is appropriate, and even necessary, to use binding rules (Regulations), in other cases some flexibility needs to be provided by the regulatory system, through the use of non-binding standards (soft law). This need for a balanced approach has been universally recognised and has been implemented by all international organisations and national regulators.

In the EASA system, three main levels of Regulatory material exist:

  • The Basic Regulation itself, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, binding in all its elements.
  • Implementing Rules to the Basic Regulation, adopted by the European Commission; and
  • Certification Specifications (CS), Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM), adopted by the Agency.

Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC)

AMCs are non-binding standards adopted by EASA to illustrate means to establish compliance with the Basic Regulation and its Implementing Rules.

The AMCs issued by EASA are not of a legislative nature. They cannot create additional obligations on the regulated persons, who may decide to show compliance with the applicable requirements using other means. However, as the legislator wanted such material to provide for legal certainty and to contribute to uniform implementation, it provided the AMC adopted by EASA with a presumption of compliance with the rules, so that it commits competent authorities to recognise regulated persons complying with EASA AMC as complying with the law.

Alternative Means of Compliance (AltMoC)

Since AMCs are non-binding, regulated persons may choose alternative means to comply with the rule. In this case, however, they lose the presumption of compliance provided by the EASA AMC, and need to demonstrate to competent authorities that they do comply with the law.

The implementing rules for Aircrew licensing, Air Operations, Aerodromes and Air Traffic Controller licensing describe the process to be used by regulated persons and competent authorities when they intend to use an AltMoC to comply with the rules.

Implementing Rules establish that the implementation of AltMoC by organisations is subject to prior approval by the competent authority and indicate what needs to be done in order to obtain the approval.

Implementing Rules also establish the obligations of competent authorities when giving the prior approval to an organisation and when they adopt themselves an AltMoC that can be used by the regulated organisations under their oversight.

One of the obligations stipulated in the Implementing Rules is to notify EASA of such AltMoCs. Competent authorities are requested to use the EASA prepared AltMoC Notification Form for notifying AltMoCs proposed by organisations or used by themselves.

For more information on AMCs and AltMoCs, please consult the FAQ section.

Information on Alternative Means of Compliance notified to the Agency

The List of AltMoCs notified by competent authorities is in the Download box of this page.

For further information on the AltMOC referred above, please consult the relevant competent authority.


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