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UK Civil Aviation Regulations

These are published by the CAA on our UK Regulations pages. EU Regulations and EASA Access Guides published by EASA no longer apply in the UK. Our website and publications are being reviewed to update all references. Any references to EU law and EASA Access guides should be disregarded and where applicable the equivalent UK versions referred to instead.

The Problematic use of Psychoactive Substances

The responsibilities of Air Traffic Control (ATC) service providers with regard to the problematic use of psychoactive substances by air traffic controllers are detailed in ATS.OR.305 and included within the compliance matrix for Annex IV Part-ATS. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has developed specific policy and additional AMC and GM to guide and direct ATC service providers in complying with the requirements of ATS.OR.305.

Using this policy, AMC and GM, ATC service providers should submit their procedure to the CAA for approval at ansp.certification@caa.co.uk by 7 March 2022.

ICAO Doc 9654 ‘Manual on Prevention of Problematic Use of Substances in the Aviation Workplace’ provides additional guidance for the development and implementation of training and education programmes and policies relating to the problematic use of psychoactive substances; it is referenced within GM1 ATS.OR.305(a).