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A large number of proposed Agency actions directly affect the Member States and the Industry. The 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. This 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 European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) as stated in the Management Board MB Decision 18-2015.


Member States’ Advisory Body (MAB) and Technical Bodies (TeBs)

The MAB and the TeBs are composed of representatives of the EASA Members States and the European Commission. Selected third countries with working arrangements, or specific agreements with the Agency to adopt and apply the Basic Regulation and its implementing rules, are invited as observers, as well as specific organisations, such as the European Defence Agency (EDA) and EUROCONTROL. 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. The following 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) 

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'.


Stakeholder Advisory Body (SAB)

The main functions of the SAB are set out in the MB Decision 20-2015 and in its Rules of Procedure. The composition of the SAB plenary is defined in the 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. The following TECs and COMs have been established:

  • Aerodromes (ADR.TEC)
  • Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services (ATM ANS.TEC)
  • Design &Manufacturing (DM.TEC)
  • Engineering & Maintenance (EM.TEC)
  • Flight Standards (FS.TEC)
  • Certification (C.COM)
  • Commercial Aeroplane Safety Committee (CAS.COM)
  • 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

SAB Plenary Vice-Chairs:
- Mr Gilles Garrouste, ASD
- Mr Osman Saafan, CANSO

Executive Secretary of the SAB Plenary:
- Mr Stuart Anderson, ASD