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EASA plans for study on impact analysis, prevention and management of air traffic controllers’ (ATCOs) occupational fatigue

ATCO

EASA is planning to launch a research study on the impact analysis, prevention and management of air traffic controllers’ (ATCOs) occupational fatigue.

The study has three main objectives:

  • to evaluate the implementation of EU regulations on this issue, notably Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373 adopted on March 1, 2017 and applied as of January 2020, which imposed on air traffic service providers specific requirements linked to ATCOs’ stress, fatigue and rostering systems, as part of their safety management systems.
  • to conduct research in this area with a view to provide guidance and assess the need for a possible further development of the related European rules and practices.
  • to aim at measuring and/or anticipating the possible impact of the introduction of new technologies (such as AI, machine learning, virtual reality, etc.) on the ATCOs’ occupational fitness.

Please note that this study is not related to an EU Research programme (e.g. Horizon Europe).

For additional information, please consult the 'Prior Information Notice'.