The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published guidance material and a template exemption form to be used by National Aviation Authorities when granting exemptions according to ICAO Annex 18 and Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of dangerous goods by air (Doc 9284) Part 1,1.1.3, to which Regulation (EU) 965/2012 refers.
Several European Member States have already implemented this material with success. EASA recommends the use of the form and related guidance to facilitate harmonisation within the Member States when granting exemptions. The usage of a common and harmonised process and material also results in a significant decrease of the administrative burden for air operators.
The guidance and form were developed by a working group of the Dangerous Goods European Liaison Group (DGELG). This group has been working for 20 years to promote co-operation between EASA Member States. Since this time, membership has been extended to include all European States, European operators and a number of other agencies. In 2017, the terms of reference of the DGELG were amended to integrate it as an Expert Group into the system of EASA Advisory Bodies. One of the group’s main objectives is to facilitate the uniform implementation of the Air OPS Regulations and, by reference, of Annex 18 and the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods.