Production Organisations Approvals

According to Article 77(2)(b) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139, the Agency shall be responsible for the tasks related to certification, oversight and enforcement for production organisations having their principal place of business outside Member States.

For production organisations having their principal place of business in a Member State, the competent authority is the one designated by that Member State. The relevant competent authority may contact EASA as required.

Production Organisation Approvals (POAs) are managed by EASA in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 748/2012. The agency is responsible for:

  • The management of all applications having their principal place of business outside Member States (“foreign POAs”).
  • The management of applications from organisations having their principal place of business inside Member States, upon request for reallocation of responsibility by Member States (Article 64 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139).
  • The management of applications from organisations having their principal place of business inside Member States, upon request for reallocation of responsibility by organisations operating in more than one Member State (Article 65 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139).
  • The issue of related certificates and their continued surveillance.

Decision 2005/001/CF established the Agency's Internal Certification Working Procedures. This decision followed MB Decision 3/2004 of 3 February 2004 of the Management Board concerning the general principles related to the certification procedures to be applied by the Executive Director for issuing of certificates for organisations (referred to by the Agency as the 'OCP Decision').

Relevant legislation

Essential Requirements:

  • Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 - Basic Regulation
    • Relevant section of Regulation: Articles 15.1, 19.1(g)(h), 76.4, 77.2(b), 116.1

Implementing Rule:

  • Initial Airworthiness Regulation: Commission Regulation (EU) No 748/2012
    • Relevant section of Regulation: Articles 1(h) & 9
  • Annex I to Commission Regulation (EU) No 748/2012: Part 21 - Certification of aircraft and related products, parts and appliances, and of design and production organisations
    • Relevant section of Part 21: Subpart G - Production Organisation Approval
  • ED Decision 2012/020/R, as amended, on Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material to Part 21.

Good practices

EASA has developed a User Guide and several checklists describing how EASA applies the essential requirements, their implementing rules and associated AMC and GM, to production organisations applying for an EASA approval or holding a POA issued by EASA.
A dedicated checklist on the assessment of Additive Manufacturing has been recently published. This checklist may be used by applicants for and holders of an EASA POA, to support their self-evaluation and to be prepared for the EASA assessment. It may also serve other competent authorities in the EASA system to develop their own practice and checklists. This checklist is shared only for information.

The following documents can be downloaded from the Downloads box (see top-right of the page):

  • UG.POA.00067 User Guide for Production Organisations
  • FO.POA.00009 POA Compliance Checklist
  • FO.POA.00015 POE Compliance Checklist
  • FO.POA.00166 Additive Manufacturing Checklist

List of Production Organisation Approvals (POA)

EASA regularly updates the List of Approved Production Organisations, as well as the list of EASA POA suspended, surrendered or revoked. 
The lists, together with an explanatory note describing the codes and information used, are available in the Downloads box.


  • Initial application: A new application for an EASA Part-21 subpart G Production Organisation Approval shall be made through the EASA Portal. Further information on the EASA Portal registration process is published in the EASA Website.
  • Application for Significant Changes to an approved EASA POA: an application shall be submitted using an EASA Form 51
  • Details of Management Personnel: EASA Form 4 – POA is required for Management Personnel to be accepted as specified in Part 21, 21.A.145(c)(2)
  • Additional information required for each application is described in the User Guide for Production Organisations.  

Important information for EASA Foreign Part 21 Approval Holders/Applicants

07/09/2022: Information letter on SMS
01/12/2020: Information letter  on update of requirements for occurrence reporting (AMC 20-8A)
14/11/2017: Information letter on changes related to communication between EASA and Part 21 Subpart G POA applicants/holders (including communication without paper, corrective action plan, occurrences)

Fees & Charges

In accordance with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2153, the Agency levies fees and charges for all its certification and approvals activities.
For more information, please refer to the above-mentioned Fees & Charges Regulation or consult the Fees & Charges page.

Export Certificate of Airworthiness (E-CofA)

EASA is responsible for the issuance of E-CofA for new aircraft manufactured by Airbus and Airbus Helicopters.
For further details on Export Certificate of Airworthiness please refer to the dedicated E-CofA site

Chinese Production Certificate and Chinese Technical Standard Order Authorizations(CTSOAs) holders

As per Chapter 6 of the Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP) for Airworthiness and Environmental Certification Between the Civil Aviation Administration of China and EASA a list of Chinese Production Certificate holders, including holders of CTSOAs, whose production is accepted by the European Union is published and regularly updated.

Contacts for Production Organisations Approvals

Queries related to Production Organisations Approvals should be addressed to:

  • foreignPOA [at] - Technical queries
  • [at] – Significant Change application and administrative process
  • query.feesandcharges [at] - Fees & Charges related queries
  • query.feesandcharges [at] - Invoice related queries

Letters and paper documents/records should be sent to:

European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Production Organisation Oversight Section (FS1.3)
Flight Standards Directorate
Postfach 10 12 53
D-50452 Cologne / Germany