A large number of proposed Agency actions directly affect the Member States and the Industry. So called advisory bodies provide the Agency with a forum for consultation of interested parties and national authorities on Agency priorities, both at strategic and technical level. Consultation covers all aspects of the rulemaking process. They also advise the Agency on EU wide safety priorities, strategic and horizontal issues. They are key contributors to the Agency Rulemaking Programme and the European Plan for Aviation Safety as stated in the Management Board MB Decision 18-2015.
Following the MB Decision 19-2015, the Rulemaking Advisory Group (RAG) and the Thematic Advisory Groups (TAGs) have been replaced by the Member States’ Advisory Body (MAB) and the Member States’ Technical Bodies (TeBs) in the course of 2016.
A similar change will occur with the Industry consultative groups at a later stage. See MB Decision 20-2015.
The MAB and the TeBs are composed of representatives of the EASA Members States, of selected third countries with working arrangements or specific agreements with the Agency to adopt and apply the Basic Regulation and its implementing rules, of specific organisation, such as the European Defence Agency (EDA) as well as the European Commission. The main functions of the MAB are set out in the MB Decision 19-2015, whereas those of the TeBs are described in the MAB and TeBs Rules of Procedure. Seven TeBs have been established:
- Aerodromes (ADR TeB);
- Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services (ATM ANS TeB);
- Air Crew TeB;
- Air Operations (Air OPS TeB);
- Production and Continuing Airworthiness (P & CA TeB);
- General Aviation (GA TeB);
- Safety Management (SM TeB) and
- Common Training Initiative Group (CTIG)
Details on structure, membership and working method of the MAB and TeBs are also provided in the Rules of Procedure. For all relevant reference documents, please see 'Related Content'.
The main functions of the SAB are set out in the MB Decision 20-2015 and in its Rules of Procedure. The Group composition of the SAB plenary is defined in MB Decision 1-2016, whereas those of its Technical Committees (TECs) and (overarching) Committees (COMs) are set-out in Annex I to the Rules of Procedure. To date, the following ten TECs and COMs are mentioned in the Rules of Procedure:
- Aerodromes (ADR.TEC)
- Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services (ATMANS.TEC)
- Design &Manufacturing (DM.TEC)
- Engineering & Maintenance (EM.TEC)
- Flight Standards (FS.TEC)
- Certification (C.COM)
- Commercial Aeroplane Safety Committee (CAS.COM)
- Drones (D.COM), not yet set up
- General Aviation (GA.COM)
- Rotorcraft (R.COM)
Details on structure, membership and working method of the SAB, TECS and COMS are also provided in the SAB Rules of Procedure. For all relevant reference documents, please see 'Related Content'.
SAB Plenary Chair:
- Mr Giancarlo Buono, IATA, (buonog [at] iata.org)
SAB Plenary Vice-Chairs:
- Mr Gilles Garrouste, ASD
- Mr Osman Saafan, CANSO
Executive Secretary of the SAB Plenary:
- Mr Stuart Anderson, ASD (stuart.anderson [at] asd-europe.org)
Special and Joint meetings
According to the MAB and TeBs Rules of Procedure, additional meetings, thematic in nature and focussing on specific issues, can be convened further to the standard meetings. Participation can be extended to experts in the field of the topic to be discussed.
For thematic issues which arise and need discussion with the respective Stakeholders Technical Bodies (COMs and TECs), joint meetings may be convened with one or more TeB and one or more COM and/orTEC, to exchange information and views.
For all relevant reference documents, please see 'Related Content'.
Rulemaking Advisory Group (RAG) and Thematic Advisory Groups (TAGs)
Please note: the Rulemaking Advisory Group and the Thematic Advisory Groups have been replaced by the Member States’ Advisory Body (MAB) and the Member States’ Technical Bodies (TeBs)as stated above. An archive of documents related to RAG and TAGs can be found under 'Related Content'.
Safety Standards Consultative Committee (SSCC) and its Subcommittees
Please note: the Safety Standards Consultative Committee (SSCC) and its Subcommittees have been replaced by the Stakeholders Advisory Body (SAB) . An archive of documents related to SSCC and its Subcommittees can be found under 'Related Content'.