In the ongoing process of preparing for the UK withdrawal from the Union, the EU institutions have been actively engaged in identifying and putting in place possible preparedness measures in anticipation of that event.
In this context EASA will start to process some applications for Third Country approvals from existing UK approval holders.
From 2nd October 2018, applications will be accepted for the following types of organisation:
|Approval type||Application form|
|Production Organisation Approval - POA (EASA Form 55)||
Application for Part 21 POA Production
|Letters of agreement for production without a POA (EASA Form 65)||
No dedicated application form available. Please contact applicant [dot] services [at] easa [dot] europa [dot] eu (applicant services).
|Maintenance Organisation Approvals - MOA (EASA Form 3 & Form 3MF)||
Application for foreign Part-145 and Part-M Subpart G Approval
|Maintenance Training Organisation Approvals - MTOA (EASA Form 11)||EASA Form 12
Application for foreign Part-147 approval
|Continuing Airworthiness Maintenance Organisation - САМО approvals (EASA Form 14)||EASA Form 2
Application for foreign Part-145 and Part-M Subpart G Approval
|Flight Simulator Training Devices - FSTD (EASA Form 145)||
Application for Initial Activities related to Flight Simulation Training Devices
|Approved Training Organisations - ATO (EASA Form 143)||
Application for a Part-ORA ATO (Pilot Training Organisation) Approval
|Aero-Medical Centres - AeMC certificates (EASA Form 146)||
Application for a Part-ORA Aero-Medical Centre Approval
To avoid delays applicants are requested to submit the following supporting information together with their application forms:
- Copy of the existing UK approval;
- Copy of Certificate of Incorporation/Business Registration;
- Copy of the latest audit report(s) from the UK CAA containing all outstanding findings and related corrective action plan, as well as enforcement actions (if any).
IMPORTANT TO NOTE – Negotiations for the United Kingdom's withdrawal are ongoing at the time of this notification. The final outcome of those negotiations cannot be pre-empted. Applicants must therefore bear in mind that this initiative is being launched in anticipation of a possible so-called 'no deal' scenario which would result in the United Kingdom's effective withdrawal as of midnight (00h00) on 29 March 2019. However, in case of a positive outcome to the negotiations a transition period of 21 months until 31 December 2020 will be opened, during which everything will remain as it is today, and during which current approvals would remain valid until that date or their expiry date whichever comes first.
On this basis it is important to note that the decision whether to proceed with a Third Country approval application or not is ultimately the sole responsibility of the applicant.
For these applications fees or charges will be levied by EASA in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) 319/2014 on the fees and charges levied by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
On 13 April 2018, the Commission published a “Notice to stakeholders” concerning the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU aviation safety rules on the webpage of the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport.
Impact on the EU aviation system
The European Union’s aviation safety legislation applies in 32 European countries – the current 28 EU Member States and the following four associated countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. The countries to which this legislation applies will, for the purposes of simplification, hereafter be referred to as "EASA Member States".
On 29th March 2017 the United Kingdom notified the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European Union, thereby triggering a negotiating process to establish a withdrawal agreement within a two-year timeframe, subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement.
EASA’s mandate and role as an agency of the EU with regulatory and executive tasks in the field of civil aviation safety is not altered within the EU-28 and 4 associated countries until the UK’s withdrawal.
EASA’s tasks within the EU-27 and 4 associated countries will continue seamlessly beyond the UK’s withdrawal. The overall aims of EASA’s operations remain untouched by the UK withdrawal.
As the withdrawal and transitional agreement negotiations are currently underway EASA cannot yet determine the ultimate impact of the withdrawal on EASA or its stakeholders within the EU-27 and 4 associated countries or within the UK. The withdrawal will significantly alter EASA’s cooperation with UK authorities and will not leave EASA’s stakeholders untouched.
As the withdrawal process evolves more certainties will emerge. We will reflect them by updating these webpages as appropriate.
Cooperating with UK authorities
Our mission to provide safe air travel for EU citizens in Europe and worldwide comprises numerous tasks that entail close cooperation with the national aviation authorities of the EASA Member States.
In fact, the Basic Regulation contains various provisions that oblige EU Member State authorities to be involved in the uniform implementation of European aviation safety legislation in the EASA Member States.
Until the UK withdraws from the EU, EASA will continue its cooperation with the UK authorities within the scope of its responsibilities as defined in the Basic Regulation, including certification, standardisation and rulemaking.
The UK has the right to participate fully in the activities of EASA, continue to participate in all formal meetings and retain its speaking and voting rights.
After withdrawal the UK will cease to participate in the activities of EASA and consequently the UK Civil Aviation Authority will no longer need to ensure compliance by UK-based companies with the EU aviation safety legislation.
Inform yourself on the EU-UK withdrawal negotiations
It is the European Commission that conducts the withdrawal negotiations with the UK Government under a negotiating authorisation provided by the European Council. As an EU agency EASA is not party to these negotiations.
A dedicated “Task Force on Article 50 Negotiations with the United Kingdom”, headed by Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, conducts the negotiations on behalf of the 27 other EU Member States.
The EU-27 have committed to conduct the withdrawal negotiations with the UK in a transparent fashion. You can find more information and consult the negotiating documents by visiting the Task Force’s official webpages via the link below.
Similarly, the UK Government is publishing its position papers on a dedicated website.
In case of questions please contact us.