The UK-EU trade deal, announced on 24 December 2020, includes agreements on air transport and aviation safety which are due to come into effect at 23.00 GMT on 31 December 2020 when the UK ceases to take part in the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other EU institutions.
While the agreements involve some elements of continuity, they do not constitute a replication of the UK’s regulatory arrangements as part of the EASA/EU framework and many sections of the aviation and aerospace industries will face changes after 31 December, as this microsite sets out.
We will study the detail of the new agreements and will update relevant pages of the microsite as information becomes clearer about how the new arrangements will work in practice. We will notify stakeholders of the updates through the SkyWise alert system. If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to the EU exit category in the SkyWise system: skywise.caa.co.uk
Organisations (Part 21 Subpart G) manufacturing aeronautical products for the European market might need to take action to maximise stability for the aviation sector. Actions required would depend on individual circumstances and are a matter for each business and individual. This page sets out what you need to consider.
Update - The UK CAA has developed a flowchart pack to aid Airworthiness organisations in understanding what certification can be accepted once UK participation in EASA and EU institutions ends on 31 December 2020.
The Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP)
We are aware that organisations across the aerospace enterprise from design and production to maintenance organisations are currently waiting for the Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP) to complement the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the TCA). The TIP will set out how specific elements of the Aviation Safety Agreement Annex on design, production and oversight of the agreement will be implemented.
Colleagues at the CAA and EASA are working hard to negotiate this at present, and we expect it to be finalised within the coming months. In the meantime, we have agreed with EASA and the European Commission interim arrangements to allow for continued mutual recognition of approvals and certificates for production and the recognition of designs approved on or before 31 December 2020. This means the UK and the EU will continue to automatically accept products made on or before 31 December by organisations in product categories accepted within the EASA system. Any new category of product made for export after 1 January 2021 will be subject to a review process before being accepted for import by the other party.
The UK will also, in most cases, accept designs approved by EASA without the need for validation. The particulars of what designs need to be validated are contained within the Air Safety Agreement annex in the TCA, and the means of how they will be validated is being discussed as part of the TIP negotiations.
Until the TIP is signed, in case you have a project to be validated in the EU, please contact EASA directly.
We would like to reassure you that finalising and agreeing the TIP with EASA is our utmost priority.
PART 21-G PRODUCTION ORGANISATION APPROVAL (POA) - UK PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS
UPDATE: Does my production organisation approval continue to be valid?
Yes, as a UK-approved Part-21G holder your approval (UK.21G.XXXX) remains valid with the same conditions and terms of approval. There is no need for a new certificate, as it was issued by the UK CAA (not EASA). The UK CAA will arrange for an updated certificate to be issued the next time you change your approval or when the normal two-yearly recommendation is made by the CAA to continue the approval. This will remove the references to EASA.
UPDATE: Will I be able to continue to issue EASA Form 1 certificates?
After 31 December 2020, you will no longer be able to issue EASA Form 1 certificates under your UK Part 21G approval. UK approved POAs will have the privilege to issue CAA Form 1 certificates.
The CAA Form 1 is to be completed in accordance with the existing Instructions and AMC/GM, with the exception that the Authority information in the header and the Form Reference itself (CAA Form 1 rather than EASA Form 1) is changed.
A word version of the new UK form is available here: CAA Form 1
UPDATE: Will CAA Form 1 certificates issued by CAA approved organisations be accepted in the EU?
UPDATE: Will EASA Form 1 certificates be acceptable in the UK?
Can the CAA advise what the CAA Form 1 will look like?
A template is available here. As can be seen, the technical information remains largely unchanged and the Form is to be completed in accordance with the existing Instructions and AMC/GM with the exception that the Authority information in the header and the Form Reference itself (CAA Form 1 rather than EASA Form 1) is changed.
UPDATE: Can I seek a new 21-G approval from EASA?
UPDATE: Will CAA Form 1 certificates issued by UK organisations be accepted by third countries (e.g. USA)?
Organisations will need to retain their UK approvals should they wish to access the benefits of any Bilateral Air Safety Agreement the UK has in place with third countries.
CAA Form 1 certificates will be accepted by those states the UK has bilateral aviation safety arrangements in place with including; the USA, Canada, Japan and Brazil.
The CAA and FAA have agreed new implementing procedures for the existing bilateral agreement that will come into force on 1 January 2021. Details of which can be found here: https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Aircraft/Airworthiness/Organisation-and-maintenance-programme-approvals/Bilateral-agreements/What-is-a-bilateral-agreement/
The aim of all these arrangements is to establish export and import frameworks similar to those that existed previously.