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									Conformity Assessment Task Force


                                                            EUROCONTROL



                                                        CATF#11 - REPORT




       CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT TASK
                   FORCE

    REPORT OF THE ELEVENTH MEETING
                                   (8th October 2007)




 Prepared by the Regulatory Unit
                                                                         TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.          INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................................ 3
     1.1        DATE AND ATTENDANCE ................................................................................................................................ 3
     1.2        APPROVAL OF AGENDA................................................................................................................................... 3
     1.3        PAPERS DISTRIBUTED TO CATF MEMBERS...................................................................................................... 3
2.          DRAFT EUROPEAN COMMISSION REGULATION ESTABLISHING A SAFETY OVERSIGHT
            FUNCTION....................................................................................................................................................... 3

3.          REVIEW OF THE NEW APPROACH AND ITS POTENTIAL IMPACT UPON SES
            INTEROPERABILITY ................................................................................................................................... 4

4.          PROGRESS REPORT ON EC VERIFICATION OF ILS & CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT AND
            SAFETY APPROVAL ..................................................................................................................................... 5
     4.1        PROGRESS REPORT ON EC VERIFICATION OF ILS............................................................................................ 5
     4.2        CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT AND SAFETY APPROVAL ....................................................................................... 5
5.          OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY ON EASA CERTIFICATION AND SINGLE EUROPEAN SKY
            VERIFICATION PROCESSES ...................................................................................................................... 6

6.          PROGRESS REPORT OF FIRST WORKING SESSION ON THE DEFINITION OF
            ‘CONSTITUENTS’ AND ‘SYSTEMS’ .......................................................................................................... 7

7.          OPEN “TOUR DE TABLE” FOR REPORTING ON CA ACTIVITIES ................................................... 8

8.          PROGRESS REPORT ON EC MANDATES................................................................................................ 8

9.          A.O.B. ................................................................................................................................................................ 9

ANNEX 1 – PARTICIPANTS ..................................................................................................................................... 10

ANNEX 2 – AGENDA.................................................................................................................................................. 11

ANNEX 3 – SLIDES ..................................................................................................................................................... 12




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1.      INTRODUCTION

1.1     Date and Attendance
1.1.1   The eleventh meeting of the Conformity Assessment Task Force (CATF#11) was
        held in Brussels on 8th October 2007.

1.1.2   The Chairman welcomed the following new members to the meeting:

        •   Mr Philippe CREBASSA – EGIS
        •   Mr Enrique GISMERA – AENA SPAIN
        •   Mr Jose Maria LORENZO – AENA SPAIN

1.2     Approval of Agenda
1.2.1   The Draft Agenda as shown in Annex 2 was agreed.

1.2.2   Paragraphs 3.4, 6.2 and 6.6. of the CATF# 10 report had been revised following
        comments received from UAC Maastricht. It was agreed to post the revised report,
        version 1.1, on the CATF website1.

1.2.3   Jean-Luc Garnier thanked those CATF members who had submitted much
        appreciated proposals for the enhancement of the Initial Guidelines for Conformity
        Assessment and informed them that further information on this enhancement would
        be communicated at a later stage.

1.3     Papers distributed to CATF members
1.3.1   On 3 October 2007, the following INFORMATION PAPERS were distributed to
        CATF members by e-mail:

        •   CATF Information Paper 11.1 - "Impact of the review of the New Approach on the
            Interoperability Regulation".

        •   CATF Information Paper 11.2 - "Progress Report of first Conformity Assessment
            working session on Constituents and Systems" + 3 Annexes (Annex 1: Participants'
            list/Annex 2: Slides/Annex 3: Agenda).

        •   CATF Information Paper 11.3 - "Progress Report on EC verification of ILS".


2.      DRAFT EUROPEAN COMMISSION REGULATION ESTABLISHING A SAFETY
        OVERSIGHT FUNCTION
2.1     Please refer to Annex 3 for the slides used.

2.2     Juan Vazquez from the EUROCONTROL Safety Regulation Unit gave a
        comprehensive overview of ESARR 1 “Safety Oversight in ATM” which establishes
        requirements to be implemented by ANSPs and National Supervisory Authority
        NSAs and defines a process-based approach for safety auditing and the safety
        oversight of changes. He reported that the text of the Implementing Rule (IR)
        intended to be transposed into EC Law had been agreed in April 2007 and that the
        publication of the IR was imminent.

1
        The revised report can be downloaded from:
        http://www.eurocontrol.int/ru/public/standard_page/catf_obj_composition.html
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2.3     Juan Vazquez explained that the EC text transposing ESARR 1 does not use the
        words ‘major’ and ‘minor’ but nevertheless classifies the changes in exactly the
        same manner. The IR establishes the acceptance of changes by the NSA for
        certain types of changes:

        •   Changes are classified in relation to the NSA process that will deal with them.
        •   At least all changes associated with hazards with severity 1 or 2 resulting from
            the application of the severity classification scheme, specified in Common
            Requirements, Annex 2 are subject to a review of the safety argument.

2.4     The general applicability date for the IR will be November 2007, except for the
        acceptance of changes by the NSA, which has been postponed for one year (until
        December 2008).

2.5     Juan Vazquez responded that the date of applicability for changes which would be
        introduced after publication of the IR (i.e. which were not classified) but which were
        started years ago, had still to be agreed – this aspect would be part of the
        decision/negotiation process between NSAs and ANSPs.

2.6     Jean-Paul Doré from the EUROCONTROL Regulatory Unit, highlighted two issues
        which need to be solved in order to fully align the safety regulation and conformity
        assessment processes:

            •   whereas safety processes apply to constituents, systems and processes,
                conformity assessment procedures only apply to constituents and systems
                (and do not consider processes);
            •   ‘constituents’ and ‘systems’ need to be defined at the right level of
                granularity so that ANSPs can integrate safety and conformity assessment
                processes and that NSAs can verify them in a combined way.

3.      REVIEW OF THE NEW APPROACH AND ITS POTENTIAL IMPACT UPON SES
        INTEROPERABILITY
3.1     CATF Information Paper 11.1 "Impact of the review of the New Approach on the
        Interoperability Regulation" refers. Please refer to Annex 3 for the slides used.

3.2     Joseph Putzeys presented, on behalf of the Regulatory Unit, the draft regulation
        and draft decision which the European Commission prepared in order to complete
        and improve the New Approach regulatory framework.

3.3     The draft regulation specifies common provisions for:
        • a European infrastructure for the accreditation of conformity assessment
           bodies;
        • market surveillance of EU products, and
        • controls of products entering the EU.
        The draft regulation will be directly applicable.

3.4     The draft decision sets guidelines for a framework for the marketing of products. It
        defines the elements necessary to ensure conformity of the products and sets out
        obligations for economic operators.
        The draft decision will not be directly applicable but will have to be taken into
        account for new legislation.

3.5     Mr Putzeys illustrated how the draft regulation and draft decision might affect the
        interoperability regulation and the conformity assessment procedures and raised a
        couple of questions in slide 19.
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3.6     Jean-Luc Garnier invited participants to react on questions rised in slide 19 about
        the impact of the revision of the new approach and its potential impact upon SES
        Regulations. He added that any concern or problem that CATF members might
        have regarding this draft regulation should be channelled in the context of usual
        procedures for the development of EC regulations with respective national
        representatives.

3.7     Eduardo Morere of the European Commission confirmed that DG TREN does not
        anticipate problems between this draft regulation and SES interoperability
        Regulation:
            • In-house users’ bodies are already used in SES interoperability
                implementing rules, although not explicitly designated as in-house users’
                bodies.
            • Customization of modules is authorised by the draft regulation and leaves
                the door open to modules specific for SES interoperability IRs.
            • The interoperability regulation provides for the legal tools to adapt the
                conformity assessment procedures, if necessary, to the specific ATM
                context; i.e. the comitology procedure allows the European Commission to
                address exemption requests. Based upon the opinion of the Single Sky
                Committee, the Commission can grant or not grant specific exemptions.

3.8     J. Putzeys drew the attention of attendants on the fact that in-house users’ bodies
        must be accredited and that they cannot apply all existing modules. The issue was
        not further debated.

3.9     J. Hermens of the Dutch NSA requested further clarification upon the designation
        of Notifying Authorities. Eduardo Morere explained that each member state must
        designate a notifying authority for each sector. The process of designation of a
        notifying authority is not standardised but obviously requires technical skills specific
        of the sector.

4.      PROGRESS REPORT ON EC VERIFICATION OF ILS & CONFORMITY
        ASSESSMENT AND SAFETY APPROVAL

4.1     Progress Report on EC verification of ILS
4.1.1   Please refer to Annex 3 for the slides used.

4.1.2   Philippe Crebassa from Egis explained that the putting into service and operation
        of the new Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Bordeaux airport had been delayed
        by one year due to an unsuccessful call for tenders. A Distance Measuring
        Equipment (DME) has been included in the system scope. The flight check is now
        planned for the end of June 2008. Following the flight check, the observation
        period will be of 400 hours of operation.

4.2     Conformity assessment and safety approval
4.2.1   In support of the EC verification of an EATMN system, Egis identified the
        verification tasks to be undertaken by an ANSP in relation to Essential
        Requirement (ER) 3 ‘Safety’ by applying these to the ILS/DME test case. CATF
        Information Paper 11.3 - "Progress Report on EC verification of ILS – Safety in
        Conformity Assessment" refers.

4.2.2   Firstly, ER 3 had been analysed in-depth whereby ER 3-1 (first paragraph) had
        been identified as the core of the ER 3 requirements, whereas the other

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        paragraphs had been considered as supporting requirements for the first
        paragraph.

4.2.3   The EC verification of conformity of an ILS/DME had been organised along the
        structure of a conformity assessment plan:
        • The ILS/DME system is identified (overall functional overview).
        • The regulatory baselines applicable for interoperability of ILS/DME systems are
            the essential requirements of the interoperability regulation as no IRs relative to
            ILS/DME exist.
        • The regulatory baseline and means of compliance for ER 3 are mapped.
        • The verification protocol to demonstrate compliance of the ILS/DME with its
            regulatory baseline for ER3 is defined.
        • The items to be included in the technical file are identified.

4.2.4   Luc Deneufchatel of the French DSNA reported that the methodology of the
        conformity assessment plan had been experienced as a valuable methodology
        which enhances traceability and allows for a formal recording of all activities.
        Peripheral elements of the ILS equipment (e.g. the status reporting to ATCOs)
        were more difficult to process because of the human factors elements but the
        French DSNA welcomes a harmonised processes to implement ILS/DME systems
        (there are 24 ILS Cat III in France).

4.2.5   Stéphane Serabian of the French NSA asked whether it was possible to develop a
        generic safety case for a specific system, independent from the site where it is
        installed. Peter Stastny of the Safety Regulation Unit reported that the current
        thinking indicated that it would be possible to develop a partially “generic” safety
        case under the condition that the “boundaries” would be carefully defined.

4.2.6   Jules Hermens pointed out that the approach was not sufficient to ensure a
        harmonised conformity assessment of ILS in Europe. There are still significant
        differences between States in respect of verification methods, flight inspection
        applied to ILS. An ad hoc implementing rule should be envisaged to set up a
        precise, harmonised verification context of ILS.

5.      OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY ON EASA CERTIFICATION AND SINGLE
        EUROPEAN SKY VERIFICATION PROCESSES
5.1     Jean-Paul Doré reported that the Regulatory Unit had launched a call for tender for
        a comparative study between the airworthiness and operational approval
        processes of EASA on one side, and the verification of compliance processes of
        the Single European Sky framework on the other side. EASA and the European
        Commission have been consulted for the definition of the study.

5.2     The objective of the study will be to provide recommendations about the possible
        evolution of both regulatory contexts in a global air transport perspective so as to
        increase the consistency and overall efficiency of both frameworks. The study
        proposes a phased approach (please refer to the slides in Annex 3) which includes
        a practical application of certification and approval processes to interoperable data
        link services.

5.3     Peter Stastny clarified that the study is not intended to solve legal issues between
        the airborne and ground frameworks, nor does it consider the proposed extension
        of EASA’s role to ATM safety.

5.4     Eduardo Morere reported that the main elements of the proposed revised
        European Commission legislation would be announced in the near future through a
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        Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament and
        the Council. The actually revised legislation should not be expected to enter into
        force before 2009.

6.      PROGRESS REPORT OF FIRST WORKING SESSION ON THE DEFINITION OF
        ‘CONSTITUENTS’ AND ‘SYSTEMS’
6.1     Please refer to Information Paper CATF 11.2 for a résumé of this working session
        and to Annex 3 for the slides used.

6.2     Jean-Paul Doré recalled that, following the outcomes of CATF#10 and the request
        from several CATF members, the working sessions were set up to commonly
        define clear objectives, assess stakeholders needs, and establish a related work
        plan in order to come to a concrete technical interpretation of:

        •   the concepts of 'Constituents' and 'Systems' as defined within the Framework
            and Interoperability Regulation and
        •   how ANSPs and manufacturers should approach the formal declarations
            (verification of systems, conformity or suitability for use) required.

6.3     The approach proposed by the RU is as follows:

        •   Step 1 - Development of a consultation package with notably a enquiry
            addressing users’ needs for the application of CA to EATMN systems and
            constituents

        •   Step 2 - Informal consultation of stakeholders on the basis of the questionnaire

        •   Step 3 - Assessment of stakeholders replies collected during the consultation
            and synthesis of users’ needs

        •   Step 4 - Proposed products supporting the application of CA to EATMN
            systems and constituents

6.4     During the interactive working session, a key point was identified concerning the
        availability of implementing rules and community specifications addressing notably
        the standardised architecture to support the definition of constituents and systems.

6.5     L Deneufchatel pointed out that today SES architecture-related materials are not
        mature enough. A progressive top – down approach for the application of
        conformity assessment should be considered at first and should not hamper the
        convergence towards a common harmonised architecture in the future.

6.6     Jean-Paul Doré gave his view that because of the lack of an architecture, the
        verification of systems should start a high level; a high level granularity approach
        could be further refined in future whereas an opposite approach would create too
        much burden upon NSAs.

6.7     Following a question from Yves Morier of EASA, it was confirmed that the working
        sessions would only focus on ground aspects of conformity assessment (and not
        on airborne and space aspects).

6.8     A second CATF working session on the definition of ‘Constituents’ and ‘Systems’
        will take place on Monday 19th November from 10H00 to 16H30 at the Sofitel
        Brussels Airport Hotel (in the vicinity of the EUROCONTROL premises).

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7.      OPEN “TOUR DE TABLE” FOR REPORTING ON CA ACTIVITIES
7.1     Jules Hermens from the Dutch NSA reported that the NSA is in the process of
        establishing formal interfaces with 2 ANSPs (LVNL and UAC Maastricht) about the
        conformity assessment declarations. So far, they have agreed on a list of systems
        which will be subject to the conformity assessment process; there will be about 70
        systems for LVNL and 30 to 40 systems for UAC Maastricht

7.2     Frank Greven from UAC Maastricht reported that:

        •   the Flight Data Processing System (FDPS) should go into operation at the end
            of 2007. The conformity assessment plan for the FDPS has been drafted with
            the NSA and pending a few modifications, will be finalised soon. Frank Greven
            observed that it had not been possible to combine the safety assessment and
            conformity assessment activities in respect of the FDPS. He hoped to report at
            a next CATF meeting on the putting into operation of the FDPS system.

        •   The provisional acceptance of the DLFEP project is expected in June 2008. By
            then the supplier should be able to deliver the declaration of suitability for use
            and based upon that the system verification will be carried out.

        •   It is expected that the manufacturer of a new VCS system in the fall back
            environment will deliver the first declaration of suitability for use early next year.

7.3     AENA, who attended the CATF meeting for the first time, reported that they
        initiated the setting up of a conformity assessment process with the Spanish NSA;
        they hope to report back on the progress made at a next CATF meeting.

7.4     Mathy Gonon of the French DSNA reported that, apart from the pilot verification
        project on an ILS system (see point 4 above), they are in the process of developing
        a new process for system engineering of ATM systems. In the course of this work
        it is envisaged to capture the two levels of ‘constituents’ and ‘systems’. Mathy
        Gonon hoped to report on the outcomes of this process at the next CATF meeting.

7.5     Mike Waller from NATS reported that they put some 15 to 20 technical files through
        their regulator and received approval on these. So far, they received about 6
        declarations from manufacturers. They also agreed on a way forward with their
        regulator in respect of how to address a legacy piece of equipment.

8.      PROGRESS REPORT ON EC MANDATES
8.1     Regarding the ongoing interoperability mandates, Jean-Luc Garnier reported that:

        •   The Final Reports for the draft Implementing Rules on Data Link Services
            (DLS) and Aeronautical Data Integrity (ADI) would be submitted to the
            European Commission around mid-October 2007.

        •   A second Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on the draft implementing rule
            on Mode S Interrogator Code Allocation (MSI) would take place on Thursday 25
            October 2007 from 10H00 to 15H00 at EUROCONTROL HQ, Pollux
            conference room. The aim of this one-day workshop is to present and discuss
            the results of the formal consultation and to present the approach which the
            Agency intends to follow based on the selected option. The formal consultation
            had been closed on 26 September 2007.



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        •   As regards the mandate on Surveillance performance and interoperability
            requirements (SPI), the Regulatory Approach document had been submitted to
            the European Commission in September 2007. It is expected to have the draft
            IR ready for consultation in February 2008.
        •   It is expected that the Draft Implementing Rule on Air-Ground Voice Channel
            Spacing (VCS) – above FL 195 will be published this month by the European
            Commission. No firm plan has been made yet regarding the development of
            the extension of the VCS IR to the airspace below FL 195.

8.2     For further details, the Single European Sky (SES) pages of the EUROCONTROL
        web site can be consulted: www.eurocontrol.int/ses.

8.3     Peter Stastny informed the meeting that, in respect of the draft rule on the Risk
        Classification Scheme (RCS), a focal group had been acting as an informal
        consultation forum throughout the summer. The draft rule and justification material
        had been finalised and would be submitted in the near future through a formal
        ENPRM consultation process. A consultation workshop has been scheduled for
        18th December 2007. The final completion date for the RCS rule is foreseen for
        April 2008.

9.      A.O.B.
9.1     A date for the next meeting (CATF#12) will be communicated at a later stage. It is
        foreseen to organise this meeting in February 2008.




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                           ANNEX 1 – PARTICIPANTS

                                 CATF#10
                                th
                               8 October 2007

Participants

Ms Delphine BLAIS          AIRBUS
Mr Philippe CREBASSA       EGIS
Mr Luc DENEUFCHATEL        DSNA FRANCE
Mr Philippe DE GOUTTES     AIRBUS
Mr Jean-Paul DORE          EUROCONTROL
Mr Jean-Luc GARNIER        EUROCONTROL         Co-Chairman
Mr Enrique GISMERA         AENA SPAIN
Mr Mathy GONON             DSNA DTI FRANCE
Mr Frank GREVEN            EUROCONTROL UAC MAASTRICHT
Mr Svatopluk HALEN         CAA CZECH REPUBLIC
Mr Jules HERMENS           CAA THE NETHERLANDS
Mr Jose Maria LORENZO      AENA SPAIN
Mr Patrick MANA            EUROCONTROL
Mr Eduardo MORERE          EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Mr Yves MORIER             EASA
Mr Michael MOWINSKI        FRAPORT GERMANY
Mr Bernard PAULY           THALES ATM
Mr Joseph PUTZEYS          EUROCONTROL
Mr Stéphane SERABIAN       NSA STAC FRANCE
Mr Peter STASTNY           EUROCONTROL         Co-Chairman
Ms Inge TIERENS            EUROCONTROL
Mr Juan VAZQUEZ            EUROCONTROL
Mr Mike WALLER             NATS UNITED KINGDOM
Mr Stephen WILLIAMS        NATS UNITED KINGDOM


Apologies

Ms Martine BLAIZE          EUROCONTROL EXPERIMENTAL CENTRE
Mr Terry DUNFORD           CAA UK
Mr Patrick GEURTS          SITA
Mr Enrique MAURER          AENA SPAIN
Ms Ana PINTO               NAV PORTUGAL
Mr Mike ROGERS             RAYTHEON
Ms Claudia VIRLAN          CAA ROMANIA
Mr David WINSHIP           IRISH AVIATION AUTHORITY




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                                          ANNEX 2 – AGENDA

                                               CATF#11
                                              th
                                             8 October 2007


                                    09H30 Coffee Available in Atrium



Item     Time                      Subject                          Reference           Presented by
  1     10H00      Opening & Approval of Agenda                        AG              Jean-Luc Garnier
                                                                                          Head RU
                                                                                         Peter Stastny
                                                                                          Head SRU
 2      10H05      Draft European Commission Regulation             Presentation        Juan Vazquez
                   establishing a safety oversight function                                  SRU

 3      10H50      Review of the New Approach, potential            Information         Joseph Putzeys
                   impact upon SES interoperability                    Paper                 RU

 4      11H30      Progress Report on EC Verification of ILS        Information         Mathy Gonon
                                                                      Paper +           DSNA / DCS
                   Conformity assessment & Safety Approval          Presentation      Philippe Crebassa
                                                                                           Sofreavia

                                       12H30-13H30 Lunch Break

  5      13H30      Objectives of the study on EASA certification      Verbal            Jean-Paul Doré
                    and SES verification processes                                            RU

  6      14H00      Progress report of CA working session on         Presentation                   RU
                    constituents and systems

  7      15H00      Open “Tour de Table” for reporting on CA           Verbal +                     All
                    Activities                                       Presentation

  8      15H45      Progress Report on EC Mandates                     Verbal                       RU

  9      15H55      A.O.B.                                             Verbal                       All



                                         16H00     End of Meeting




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                                 ANNEX 3 – SLIDES

                                      CATF#11
                                  8th October 2007

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