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UK – EU Transition, and UK Civil Aviation Regulations

To access current UK civil aviation regulations, including AMC and GM, CAA regulatory documents, please use this link to UK Regulation. Please note, if you use information and guidance under the Headings below, the references to EU regulations or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate information or description of your obligations under UK law. These pages are undergoing reviews and updates.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) oversees Safety Management Systems (SMSs) in line with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) implementing rules. SMSs are how industry manages its safety risks. More information can be found in CAP795, Safety Management Systems – Guidance to Organisations. For approvals sitting outside the EASA system, the CAA will consider whether to apply SMS to these approvals through the ANO. Further guidance on SMS implementation can be found here: www.caa.co.uk/sms

We expect the UK aviation industry to comply with aviation regulations and the CAA will apply the Regulatory enforcement policy to ensure that compliance is met. We also expect the UK aviation industry to consider both the UK State Safety Programme and the respective safety plans (for UK industry this would be the CAA Safety Plan) as part of their activities, especially when implementing SMS and in determining their safety objectives and safety performance indicators.

The UK supports a collaborative approach between the aviation regulators working closely with industry on safety improvement activities and the sharing of safety information. This is achieved through regulator participation in industry forums and running workshops and conferences for industry.

The Military Regulatory Publication (MRP) Regulatory Article (RA) 1200 - Defence Air Safety Management requires all organisations directly or indirectly involved in defence aviation to set up and maintain an effective Air Safety Management System (ASMS). Guidance is provided in the Manual of Air Safety. Independent assurance of the effectiveness of each organisation's ASMS is conducted by the MAA.

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