EASA Rulemaking's updates

The European Aviation Authority Agency (EASA) has developed a Comment Response Tool (CRT) that is used to automate the consultation process for Notices of Proposed Amendments (NPA).

The agency prepares drafts of Opinions in order to assist the European Commission in its preparation of proposals for basic principles, applicability and essential requirements to the European Parliament and to the European Council. The Agency also prepares guidance material relating to the application of implementing rules.

These Opinions to the Commission are Agency Rules. They are submitted to the European Commission, and are listed on this page together with supporting documents produced in the course of the Agency's Rulemaking procedure. A projection of Opinions to be produced in the near future can be found in the Rulemaking Programme.

When the Agency has published an Opinion, the decision-making process is transferred to the European Commission (and thus is continued outside EASA's mandate). In order to follow up on the comitology process, please go to the comitology webpage. It is advisable to search by year and by Committee only (‘Committee for the application of common safety rules in the field of civil aviation’, which is to be found under the responsible service for ‘Mobility and Transport’). As several Opinions may be negotiated in one such committee meeting, it is difficult to search by rule or title.

Most EASA Opinions are handled through the comitology procedure. Amendments to the Basic Regulation, however, are usually handled by the Council and the European Parliament. They normally do not go through comitology procedure (only very simple ones do). The CRD to NPA 2008-17c and NPA 2009-02e was open for reaction from stakeholders for a period of two months, as established in the Rulemaking Procedure. By the closing date of 23 August 2010, the Agency had received a considerable amount of reactions to medical certification of pilots from more than 200 individual commentators, including National Aviation Authorities, professional organisations, individual operators, non-profit general aviation organisations, private companies and individual persons. The reactions relating to medical fitness of cabin crew were placed by 18 commentators including National Aviation Authorities, operators and cabin crew organisations. All reactions received to the CRD to NPA 2008-17c and NPA 2009-02e were considered for the final drafting of the Opinion for the “Implementing Rules for the medical certification of pilots and medical fitness of cabin crew" (Part-MED). 

An excerpt from the comments considering among others the colour vision are as follows: 

"34. Stakeholders also proposed changes to medical technical requirements in Subpart B. The main issues were insulin dependant diabetes, hyperopia in applicants for initial class 1 medical certificates, colour vision testing, and the assessment of pilots with asthma. These comments and reactions were not accepted as these amendments would result in significant changes to JAR-FCL 3 which was the basis of this Opinion and, in the case of diabetes be in conflict with ICAO Annex 1. All proposals that were not included in this Opinion will be re-considered during rulemaking task MED.001 and will undergo the consultation that is foreseen in the rulemaking process. "

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