Rulemaking proposals

According to Article 3(3) of the Rulemaking Procedure adopted by Agency's Management Board any person or organisation may propose the development of a new rule or an amendment thereto.

How to submit a Rulemaking proposal

In order to be considered in the development of the next Rulemaking Programme(RMP), now part of the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS), the rulemaking proposals should be submitted to the Agency using the new Candidate Issue Form. This form replaces the old Rulemaking Proposal Form and 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.

Assessment of the received proposals and possible outcomes

The Agency receives new proposals for actions on a continuous basis from a wide range of sources: European Commission’s requests, ICAO programme, FAA look A-head programme, the Standardisation Annual Report, Network of Analysts (NoA), Safety Risk Management Process (SRM), internal and external stakeholders.

An initial review of the received Candidate Issues Forms is carried out in order to identify the type of proposal. While the safety related proposals are dealt with through the Safety Risk Management (SRM) process, the non-safety related proposals are subject to an initial review carried out by the operational Directorates (Flight Standards and Certification Directorates). The core data on the Candidate Issues and the outcome of the proposals is recorded in a Candidate Issue Register. Accepted proposals are included in the next edition of the EPAS/RMP after they have been carefully assessed.

The above mentioned form  has been designed to solicit the most information from the proposer, in order to facilitate the assessment of the proposal and further aid in the preparation of the rulemaking documentation once the proposal is accepted onto the Rulemaking Programme.

Please  support this process by submitting as much information as you can, including references to any supporting documents. Please note that failure to complete the form in full is not a justification for rejecting the proposal, although it may delay the proposal's acceptance.

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