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European Plan for Aviation Safety

EPAS constitutes the regional aviation safety plan for EASA Member States, setting out the strategic priorities, strategic enablers and main risks affecting the European aviation system and the necessary actions to mitigate those risks and to further improve aviation safety. EPAS is a 5-year plan that is constantly being reviewed and improved, and updated on a yearly basis. The plan is an integral part of EASA’s work programme and is developed by EASA in close consultation with the EASA Member States and industry. 

The main objective of EPAS is to further improve aviation safety and environmental protection throughout Europe, while ensuring a level playing field, as well as efficiency/proportionality in regulatory processes. EPAS’ aspirational safety goal is to achieve constant safety improvement within a growing aviation industry. 

This EPAS edition, being the 9th edition of the plan, brings about the following novelties:

  • Strategic priorities are consolidated based on input from the EASA Advisory Bodies and to consider new technological developments and business models;
  • Strategic enablers are updated to reflect recent developments;
  • Safety information stemming from both the Standardisation Annual Report and the Annual Safety Review is better articulated;
  • Further alignment with the ATM Master Plan is achieved and the recommendations stemming from the Report of the Wise Persons Group on the Future of the Single European Sky and of the Airspace Architecture Study performed by SESAR JU considered;
  • New developments in the area of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and U-space are included;
  • The recommendations from the C-UAS (Counter Drones) Task Force are highlighted; 
  • New or amended roadmaps are presented on rotorcraft safety, general aviation and artificial intelligence ;
  • A new structure is provided for Volume II (containing all EPAS actions): EPAS actions are grouped per domain, thereby strengthening the link with the domain risk portfolios in the Annual Safety Review. 

How to submit a new proposal to be included in EPAS

A new proposal, such as a new issue or a proposal for a new action to be included in the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) can be submitted at any moment. For this purpose please use the new Candidate Issue Form. This form is meant to encompass a larger range of proposals for actions, including proposals for new rulemaking tasks/activities as well as the identification of new issues.

EPAS and stakeholder groups

Group Purpose Products

Member States Advisory Body (MAB)

Provide strategic advice

Strategic priorities

Stakeholders Advisory Body

Review strategic orientation and performance indicators European Plan for Aviation Safety
Technical/Sectorial Bodies (TeB, TeC, Sectorial Committees) 

Provide technical and operational advice

Provide feedback on implementation

Best Intervention Strategy reports

Rulemaking, safety promotion, focused oversight, research/studies


Collaborative Initiatives

Network of Analysts (NoA)

Collaborative and Analysis Groups (CAG) 


Analyse and assess safety risks to inform decisions

Annual Safety Review

Safety Risk Portfolios

Safety Issue Assessments                      

For further information about the EPAS or to provide feedback do not hesitate to contact us at EPAS [at]