The functions currently performed by EASA in relation to approvals for UK organisations designing aeronautical products and approvals for third country organisations would pass to the CAA. The CAA has been preparing to take on these responsibilities since the EU referendum.

If no deal is agreed between the EU and the UK, organisations (Part 21 Subpart J) designing aeronautical products for the European market might need to take action to maximise continuity and stability for the aviation sector. The actions required would depend on individual circumstances and are a matter for each business and individual to consider. This page sets what you need to consider to prepare for such an eventuality.

PART 21-J DESIGN ORGANISATION APPROVAL (UK PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS)

What can I do to ensure continuity of business?

To minimise disruption to your business if no deal is reached, there are two options available to you. In order to maintain an EASA 21-J approval in the UK, your organisation would need to seek approval from EASA as a third country organisation or to register your business in that state. Organisations should be aware that their ability to design parts and appliances for customers located outside the EU Member States (i.e. EU air safety bilateral partner countries such as the US) would no longer apply as EU bilateral agreements do not apply to approvals issued in third countries.

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If I retain my EASA 21-J approval, and keep my principal place of business in the UK, what privileges would I lose as a result of being a third country organisation?

This is a decision for EASA. European regulations allow organisations outside the EU to hold Design Organisation Approvals and associated Privileges. The CAA understands that the EU Bilateral Arrangements do not apply to organisations located in third countries, organisations producing designs intended for acceptance by Bilateral partners should note this for their discussions with EASA.

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How do I seek a UK Part 21-J approval in preparation for a non-negotiated scenario?

The CAA is currently finalising the process for organisations seeking a UK Part 21-J approval. More information will be available on this microsite shortly. At present, the CAA is not able to accept advance applications for Part 21-J DOA approvals.

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How do I seek an EASA Part 21-J approval as a third country organisation in preparation for a non-negotiated scenario?

This is a decision for EASA. At present it is understood that EASA also cannot accept an application from a UK-based organisation as a third country while the UK remains a member of the EU.  You are advised to contact EASA as soon as possible to discuss the application process in this scenario.

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PART 21-J DESIGN ORGANISATION APPROVAL WHERE THE PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS IS IN AN EASA MEMBER STATE

Would my organisation continue to be able to operate its design facilities in the UK?

UK legislation that would be effective on the date of exit would ensure EASA 21-J approvals granted before that date remain valid for up to two years after exit day.

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Would the CAA continue to accept EASA Supplemental Type Certificates and other design changes approved in the EASA system?

Yes, the same legislation would ensure EASA Supplemental Type Certificates and other EASA design changes and repairs approved in the EASA system before exit day would remain valid.

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