Advisory Bodies

A large number of proposed Agency actions directly affect the Member States and the Industry. So called advisory bodies provide the Agency with a forum for consultation of interested parties and national authorities on Agency priorities, both at strategic and technical level. Consultation covers all aspects of the rulemaking process. They also advise the Agency on EU wide safety priorities, strategic and horizontal issues. They are key contributors to the Agency Rulemaking Programme and the European Plan for Aviation Safety as stated in the Management Board MB Decision 18-2015.
Following the MB Decision 19-2015, the Rulemaking Advisory Group (RAG) and the Thematic Advisory Groups (TAGs) have been replaced by the Member States’ Advisory Body (MAB) and the Member States’ Technical Bodies (TeBs) in the course of 2016.
A similar change will occur with the Industry consultative groups at a later stage. See MB Decision 20-2015.


Member States’ Advisory Body (MAB) and Technical Bodies (TeBs)

The MAB and the TeBs are composed of representatives of the EASA Members States, of selected third countries with working arrangements or specific agreements with the Agency to adopt and apply the Basic Regulation and its implementing rules, of specific organisation, such as the European Defence Agency (EDA) as well as the European Commission. The main functions of the MAB are set out in the MB Decision 19-2015,  whereas those of the TeBs are described in the MAB and TeBs Rules of Procedure. Seven TeBs have been established:

  • Aerodromes (ADR TeB);
  • Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services (ATM ANS TeB);
  • Air Crew TeB;
  • Air Operations (Air OPS TeB);
  • Production and Continuing Airworthiness (P & CA TeB);
  • General Aviation (GA TeB) and
  • Safety Management (SM TeB).

Details on structure, membership and working method of the MAB and TeBs are also provided in the Rules of Procedure mentioned above.

The MAB is chaired by the Agency’s Strategy & Safety Management Director.

For all relevant reference documents, please see 'Related Content'.


Stakeholder Advisory Body (SAB) and its committees

The SAB is strategic body encompassing and extending the scope of the formerly existing EASA Advisory Board, Safety Standards Consultative Committee and EASAC, and advising on strategic developments. The Stakeholders Advisory Body (SAB) also provides advice to the Management Board in accordance with the provisions of Articles 33(4) and 34(3) of the Basic Regulation.

SAB members may be employees of trade associations or companies representing the industries, professions, domains, and any other interested party concerned.The main functions of the SAB are set out in the MB Decision 20-2015, whereas those of its committees are described in the SAB Rules of Procedure (pending adoption). The organisation composition of the SAB is set out in MB Decision 01-2016.

Details on structure, membership and working method of the SAB and its committees are also provided in the Rules of Procedure mentioned above.

The membership composition of the SAB is set out in the ED Decision 2017/020/ED.

Pending the adoption of the SAB Rules of Procedure (RoP), the committees of the SAB function in an interim-mode, without formally approved memberships. This enables consultations to be carried on in the framework of the Rulemaking and EPAS Programmes.
Currently, there are 7 committees, known as Stakeholder Technical Bodies (SteBs) and Sectorial committees:

Aerodromes (ADR) SteB
Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services (ATM/ANS) SteB
Design & Manufacturing (D&M) SteB
Engineering & Maintenance (E&M) SteB
Flight Standards (FS) SteB
General Aviation (GA) Sectorial committee
Rotorcraft Sectorial Committee

Following the adoption of the SAB RoP, there will be a total of 10 committees: 5 ‘Committees’ (COMs) and 5 Technical Committees (TeCs):

Certification Committee (C.COM)
Commercial Airplanes Safety Committee (CAS.COM)
Drones Committee (D.COM)
General Aviation Committee (GA.COM)
Rotorcraft Committee (R.COM)
Aerodromes Technical Committee (ADR.TEC)
Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services Technical Committee (ATM/ANS TeC)
Design & Manufacturing Technical Committee (D&M TeC)
Engineering & Maintenance Technical Committee (E&M TeC)
Flight Standards Technical Committee (FS TeC)
 

SAB Plenary Chair:
- Mr Giancarlo Buono, IATA, (buonog [at] iata [dot] org)

SAB Plenary Vice-Chairs:
- Mr Gilles Garrouste, ASD (Gilles [dot] Garrouste [at] dassault-aviation [dot] com)
- Mr Osman Saafan, CANSO (osman [dot] saafan [at] dfs [dot] de)

Executive Secretary of the SAB Plenary:
- Mr Mark Jones, ASD (mark [dot] jones [at] asd-europe [dot] org)

The committees are chaired by an elected member in each group, and have vice-chairs as well.

For all relevant reference documents, please see 'Related Content'.


Special and Joint meetings

According to the MAB and TeBs Rules of Procedure, additional meetings, thematic in nature and focusing on specific issues, can be convened further to the standard meetings. Participation can be extended to experts in the field of the topic to be discussed. For thematic issues which arise and need discussion with the respective SAB committees (COM and TECs), joint meetings may be convened with one or more TeB and one or more committee, to exchange information and views.

For all relevant reference documents, please see 'Related Content'.


Rulemaking Advisory Group (RAG) and Thematic Advisory Groups (TAGs)

Please note: the Rulemaking Advisory Group and the Thematic Advisory Groups have been replaced by the Member States’ Advisory Body (MAB) and Technical Bodies (TeBs), (see above). For archived documents, please see 'Related Content'.


Safety Standards Consultative Committee (SSCC) and its Subcommittees

Please note: the Safety Standards Consultative Committee and its subcommittees have been replaced by the Stakeholder Advisory Body and its committees (see above). For archived documents, please see 'Related Content'.

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