The EU regulatory framework continues to evolve to incorporate the Safety Management System and reporting system Standards And Recommended Practices (SARPs) of ICAO Annex 19. In November 2021 the rules were adopted in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1963 on SMS in maintenance organisations (Part-145) - the applicability date for this is December 2, 2022.
The embodiment of the SMS requirements into Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 (Part-21) has now also been adopted and published by the European Commission, through a delegated act and an implementing act as follows:
- For the delegated act, please refer to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/201 of 10 December 2021 amending Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 as regards management systems and occurrence-reporting systems to be established by design and production organisations, as well as procedures applied by the Agency, and correcting that Regulation at EUR-Lex - 32022R0201 - EN - EUR-Lex (europa.eu)
- For the implementing act, refer to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/203 of 14 February 2022 amending Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 as regards management systems and occurrence-reporting systems to be established by competent authorities, and correcting Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 as regards the issuance of airworthiness review certificates at EUR-Lex - 32022R0203 - EN - EUR-Lex (europa.eu)
- The applicability date is March 7, 2023.
- Closure of findings on novelties by: March 7, 2025 – see Article 1.
Associated Part 21 AMC/GM are under development based on the comments received during the publication phase of NPA 2019-05 and, due to the volume of AMC/GM to amend, EASA plans to publish these for summer 2022.
What happens next?
EASA is currently developing safety promotion material to support the implementation of SMS in Part 21 and Part 145 that will made available through the EASA Air Ops Community Site. The Agency will also host Webinars later in 2022 / 2023 to support industry with implementation. These will be posted on the EASA Events Pages in due course.