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
My cabin crew attestation and medical report were issued by a UK CAA-approved organisation/doctor. Will they still be valid after 31 December 2020?
UK-issued attestations and medical reports will continue to be required and remain valid – provided you are working on UK-registered aircraft.
If you are working on aircraft registered in one of the 27 EU countries, you should contact your airline and/or the National Aviation Authority for the country where your airline’s aircraft are registered to establish arrangements for recognition of your attestation and medical report. Your UK-issued attestation and medical report may not be considered valid.
What if I am currently applying for an attestation from another EASA member state?
UPDATE: What if my existing attestation and medical report were issued by an organisation/doctor approved by another EASA member state?
Cabin crew attestations issued prior to 1 January 2021 by an EU Member State or organisation approved by an EU Member State will continue to be recognised in the UK for a period of two years. Those attestations issued in an EU Member State before 1 January 2021 may be accepted as evidence of meeting a recognised standard and the holder issued with a UK attestation no later than 31 December 2022. From 1 January 2023, all cabin crew operating with a UK AOC holder will require a UK-issued CCA. Cabin crew attestations issued after 1 January 2021 by an EU Member State or organisation approved by an EU Member State will not be recognised by the UK.
Cabin crew medical reports issued prior to 1 January 2021 by an Aero Medical Examiner (AME) holding approval in an EU Member State, or an Occupational Health Practitioner (OHMP) practising in an EU Member State, may remain valid until expiry or for up to two years, whichever period is shorter. Cabin crew medical reports issued by EU Member State AMEs or OHMPs after the 1 January 2021 will not be recognised by the UK. Cabin crew who become unfit after this date should consult a UK-certificated AME or UK OHMP.