The CPR Continuous Improvement Team is an international (JAA-EASA/FAA/TCCA) team created to monitor the Changed Product Rule (CPR) implementation process.
Since the CPR became effective, the CIT has met on three occasions and has documented over 30 procedural and/or clarification issues, the most controversial is the determination of the level of significance for product design changes. The Authority members noted that the actual number of significant changes since CPR implementation is much smaller than had originally been anticipated and the transition to CPR has been smoother than anticipated. The issues reviewed by the CIT are largely clarification and embodiment of lessons learned.
Based on feedback from the US, Canada and Europe industry representatives, CPR does not in general appear to be a major burden to the aviation industry. Continued work of the CIT helps ensure that any issues are addressed in an efficient and timely manner.
The international CIT has now met three times (New York in September 2003, Los Angeles in April 2004 and Berlin in August 2004). The interim report below briefly describes the progress made by the EASA-JAA/FAA/TCCA Continuous Improvement Team in the first of its two years' existence.
The interim report below contains conclusions and recommendations to EASA-JAA/FAA and TCCA as a progress and status check of the initial success of CPR. All CIT members agree on the generic issues contained in this report. Separate covering letters on specific Authority issues will be provided as necessary.