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In the ongoing process of preparing for the UK withdrawal from the Union, the EU institutions have been actively engaged in identifying and putting in place possible preparedness measures in anticipation of that event. Full details can be found here.

In this context EASA will start to process some applications for Third Country approvals from existing UK approval holders.

From 2nd October 2018, applications will be accepted for the following types of organisation:

  • Production Organisation Approval - POA (EASA Form 55)
  • Letters of agreement for production without a POA (EASA Form 65)
  • Maintenance Organisation Approvals - MOA (EASA Form 3 & Form 3MF)
  • Maintenance Training Organisation Approvals - MTOA (EASA Form 11)
  • Continuing Airworthiness Maintenance Organisation - САМО approvals (EASA Form 14)
  • Flight Simulator Training Devices - FSTD (EASA Form 145)
  • Approved Training Organisations - ATO (EASA Form 143)
  • Aero-Medical Centres - AeMC certificates (EASA Form 146)

IMPORTANT TO NOTE – Negotiations for the United Kingdom's withdrawal are ongoing at the time of this notification. The final outcome of those negotiations cannot be pre-empted. Applicants must therefore bear in mind that this initiative is being launched in anticipation of a possible so-called 'no deal' scenario which would result in the United Kingdom's effective withdrawal as of midnight (00h00) on 29 March 2019. However, in case of a positive outcome to the negotiations a transition period of 21 months until 31 December 2020 will be opened, during which everything will remain as it is today, and during which current approvals would remain valid until that date or their expiry date whichever comes first.

On this basis it is important to note that the decision whether to proceed with a Third Country approval application or not is ultimately the sole responsibility of the applicant.

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