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Regulation Reform - New rules for design organisations
Approved design organisations (ADOs) may be granted privileges to carry out various design activities, including approval and certification powers, under Part 21 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.
The new rules - known as Subpart 21J - are designed to modernise the regulations and align with other leading aviation nations.
What is changing?
Subpart 21J will replace the current Instrument of Appointment with organisational approvals. The new rules set out the requirements for approval as an ADO, as well as the associated privileges and obligations.
ADOs will be able to carry out design activities within the scope of their approval certificate without further reference to CASA or an authorised person. The new rules also provide for CASA to approve certain designs on the basis of a certification from an ADO that the design complies with the applicable requirements.
The scope of functions that CASA may authorise an ADO to carry out will depend on the demonstrated capabilities and systems that the ADO has in place.
Why are the rules changing?
Rules for design organisations have become outdated and are not always appropriate for the modern aviation environment. While design organisations approved under Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) 30 are permitted to develop designs for aircraft and aeronautical products, they rely on CASA or authorised persons to approve that design.
The new rules remove the dependence that design organisations have on CASA and authorised persons, and enhance the likelihood that design activities carried out by ADOs will be internationally recognised.
When will the new rules come into effect?
The new rules came into effect on 1 March 2014.
CAR 30 design organisations that hold approvals issued before 1 March 2014 will have three years from this date to transition to the new rules. This transition will occur as each organisation provides a suitable application, exposition and design assurance system manual for assessment by CASA.
CASA will not charge current CAR 30 design organisations and holders of instruments of appointment fees to transition from their current privileges to an equivalent scope under Subpart 21.J. However, cost recovery arrangements will apply to applicants seeking new or additional privileges.
What is an approved design organisation?
An ADO is an organisation that has been approved by CASA to carry out design activities including approval and certification of designs of aircraft and aeronautical products, and designs of changes to aircraft and aeronautical products.
An ADO may also hold or apply for other authorisations such as a type certificate, supplemental type certificate or modification/repair design approval.
How do I become an approved design organisation?
You will need to submit an application to CASA to become an ADO.
You must also provide an exposition that describes how you will conduct your operations to maintain the required level of safety, including:
- details of the accountable manager who will be responsible for ensuring your organisation complies with its approval certificate, exposition and design assurance system
- details of your head of design
- your organisational structure
- subcontracting arrangements for all relevant design activities
- an outline of the responsibilities of each manager and individual who carries out a design activity.
You must also provide a design assurance system manual that describes your policies and procedures for conducting design activities and how the design activities are controlled and managed. It will need to detail specific procedures for independent monitoring and checking of each design activity and include:
- head of design statement
- details of minimum qualifications, knowledge and experience for people authorised to carry out design activities
- compliance assurance system details for all aspects of the design process
- quality assurance and reporting requirements.
Working with industry
CASA will continue talking with existing CAR 30 organisations and instrument of appointment holders to ensure everyone is ready for the transition and is aware of how to apply for new approvals under the new rules.
Changes at a glance
- New rules - Subpart 21.J - commenced on 1 March 2014
- ADO's will be able to carry out design activities without further reference to CASA or an authorised person
- The new rules modernise requirements and align Australia with international standards
- Three year transition period for existing CAR 30 design organisations
- To become an ADO you will need to submit an application, exposition and design assurance system manual to CASA for assessment
- When CASA approves an ADO the privileges contained in the approval certificate take precedence over those provided in an Instrument or Certificate of Approval.
Want to know more?
If you would like to register to receive updates about the new rules for approved design organisations, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the icon below.