The Safety Standards Consultative Committee (SSCC) is composed of representatives from organisations and associations representing the industries, professions and end user groups subject to the Basic Regulation, the implementing rules, certification specifications or guidance material, without discrimination on the basis of nationality.
During the course of 2012, the SSCC structure and functioning was reviewed, to improve the overall efficiency in covering all aviation domains regulated by the Agency: initial and continued airworthiness, operations, licensing, aerodromes and air traffic management.
In this new setting, the Agency and the industry need to establish an effective representation of all impacted stakeholders, ensure an efficient process for information sharing and provide the Agency with inputs on rulemaking priorities and feedback on implementation.
At its last meeting in December 2012, the SSCC provided a positive opinion on the Agency proposal for the revised SSCC which endorsed most of the proposals made by the SSCC Working Group. Furthermore, the proposal for the creation of a 6th Sub-Committee on General Aviation was welcomed.
The main improvements include: bringing in representatives from missing aviation sectors and limiting the size of the plenary SSCC to 35 members while organisations and associations can now directly nominate expert members to sub-committees, subject to decision of the Executive Director.
In 2013, the Agency received nominations from industry organisations, associations as well as companies, and assessed these to determine the final composition of the revised SSCC, which is now set out in the ED Decision 2013/014/R.
The RAG and the TAGs are made up of representatives of the national authorities responsible for applying the Basic Regulation and its implementing rules, and the Commission. The RAG shall provide advice on strategic rulemaking issues, whereas the four TAGs shall each focus on a certain area within the competence of the Agency, namely:
AGNA, made up of one person per Member State, provides a mechanism for the involvement of national authorities in the rulemaking process.