FAQ n.19448

How do I know whether an approval has been grandfathered?

Answer

Any article approved or validated by any member state before the establishment of EASA is deemed to be 'Grandfathered' under Commission Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 Article 6 .  You can find the  JAA approvals listed on our website.

There is a large number of old national approvals which were issued before 28th September 2003 but due to the lack of full national records a comprehensive database could not be published. We recommend any enquirer to contact the approval holder (manufacturer of the article) and check with them directly whether they have received any national approval for the subject article. Another option would be to check with the NAA that issued the approval.

In general the following applies for grandfathering:

APPROVAL ISSUED BY:

APPROVAL DATE

Before 28/09/03

28/09/03 - 01/05/04

01/05/04 - 01/06/05

01/06/05 - 01/12/06

01/12/06 - 01/01/07

01/01/07 - 01/07/13

After 01/07/13

15 OLD EU MEMBER STATES

grandfathered

EASA responsibility

10 NEW EU MEMBER STATES

grandfathered

validation required

EASA responsibility

NORWAY, ICELAND

grandfathered

validation required

EASA responsibility

SWITZERLAND

grandfathered

EASA responsibility

BULGARIA, ROMANIA

grandfathered

validation required

EASA responsibility

CROATIA

grandfathered

validation required

EASA responsibility

Approvals issued during one of the  time periods indicated with “validation required” are not grandfathered and need validation by EASA. EASA approvals and grandfathered approvals are valid in all EU member states as well as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Last updated: 
07/05/2015

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