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The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have concluded negotiations on the Technical Implementation Procedures (the TIP), which was signed today (17 May 2021).

The TIP gives both the CAA and EASA oversight of the Air Safety Agreement that was signed between the UK and EU in December, and sets out the measures the aerospace sector must take in order to design and produce new aerospace parts moving between the UK and the EU.

The agreement of the TIP today gives clarity to design and production organisations, and addresses any differences between aviation standards, rules, practices, procedures, and systems related to implementing the annex. It also signals the continued close working relationship between the two organisations now that the UK has left the European regulatory system.

Commenting, Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive at the UK Civil Aviation Authority's, said: “This agreement today provides the clarity aerospace organisations need to allow them to operate efficiently under the post-EU regulatory landscape. While the UK system is now independent of the EU regulatory system, both sides recognise the importance of close collaboration to overseeing the highest standards of aviation safety”.

EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky added: “The UK Civil Aviation Authority is a long-established and trusted partner of EASA. We are now at the start of a new type of relationship and I am certain that it will be a fruitful cooperation.”

Notes to editors:

The Air Safety Agreement in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the TCA) includes an annex that addresses aircraft design certification and production. The TIP, which EASA and the UK CAA have been negotiating since January 2021, provides the specific procedures for implementing this annex, including defining the requirements and activities between EASA and the UK CAA as the relevant Competent Authorities, and oversight of the agreement.

A copy of the TIP is now available to view on our website.