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.
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.