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Following the MB Decision 19-2015, the Rulemaking Advisory Group (RAG) and the Thematic Advisory Groups (TAGs) have been replaced by the Member States’ Advisory Body (MAB) and the Member States’ Technical Bodies (TeBs) in the course of 2016.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 below.
- MAB meetings
- TeB meetings
Special and Joint meetings
According to the MAB and TeBs Rules of Procedure, additional meetings, thematic in nature and focussing 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 Stakeholders Technical Bodies (STeBs), joint meetings may be convened with one or more TeB and one or more STeB, to exchange information and views.
Stakeholder Advisory Body (SAB) and the Stakeholder Technical Bodies (STeBs).
To be updated soon.
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 Rulemaking Advisory Group and the Thematic Advisory Groups as stated above.
Safety Standards Consultative Committee (SSCC) and its Subcommittees
The Safety Standards Consultative Committee (SSCC) and its Subcommittees are composed of members from organisations, associations and companies (the latter in the case of the subcommittees) representing those industries, professions and end user groups subject to the Basic Regulation, the implementing rules, certification specifications or guidance material.
Expert members to subcommittees are directly nominated, subject to decision of the Executive Director and without discrimination on the basis of nationality.
Whereas the plenary SSCC provides advice on strategic rulemaking issues, the subcommittees each focus on a certain area within the competence of the Agency.
Currently, there are 6 Subcommittees:
- Aerodromes (ADR)
- Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services (ATM/ANS)
- Design & Manufacturing (D&M)
- Engineering & Maintenance (E&M)
- Flight Standards (FS)
- General Aviation (GA)
The group composition of the revised SSCC is out in the ED Decision 2015/065/E.