The European Union and China are nearing finalization of a bilateral aviation safety agreement (BASA), according to officials at the first Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)-European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) safety conference. The move to streamline certification and oversight activities has been in the works since the two administrations signed a letter of intent in 2013. Since then, the aviation authorities have established road maps, compared regulatory systems, and created technical assessments to validate certification processes. In June, the parties completed a third-round review of draft bilateral language.
Officials already have started drafting technical implementation procedures (TIP), with the understanding that the document may need revision once the BASA annexes are finalized. While a publication date has not been announced, conference speakers stated that the BASA is expected “very soon,” and in the “not too distant future.” At least one panelist went so far as to say final signature is expected this year.