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EU aviation security validation for ACC3

By 01.07.2014, the air carrier shall ensure that an on-site verification of its cargo and mail operations at the relevant third country airport has been carried out by an EU aviation security validator. The EU aviation security validator shall examine the air carrier’s security programme and ensure that it covers all the points set out in Attachment 6-G, verify compliance with the programme at the third country airport by using the checklist in Attachment 6-C3 and submit a report to the Fedral Aviation Authority of Germany (LBA).

The EU aviation security validation’s verification of the implementation take place according to number 6.8.2.2 of the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 as follows:

  1. At the airport from which the air carrier has relevant cargo operations before ACC3 designation can be granted for that airport.
    If the EU aviation security validation thereupon establishes the non-implementation of one or more of the objectives listed in the checklist set out in Attachment 6-C3, the appropriate authority shall not designate the air carrier as ACC3 for the relevant cargo operations without proof of the implementation of measures by the air carrier rectifying the deficiency identified.
  2. At a representative number of airports with relevant cargo operations of an air carrier before ACC3
    designation is granted for all airports with relevant cargo operations of that air carrier. The following conditions apply:


    (a) this option is requested by an air carrier which operates several relevant air cargo operations;


    (b) the appropriate authority has verified that the air carrier applies an internal security quality assurance programme that is equivalent to EU aviation security validation;


    (c) the representative number shall be at least 3 or 5 %, whichever is the higher, and all airports situated in a high risk origin;


    (d) the appropriate authority has agreed to a roadmap that ensures EU aviation security validations for every year of the designation at additional airports for which ACC3 designation will be granted or until all airports are validated. Those validations shall each year be at least equal in number to those required in (c). The roadmap shall state the reasons underpinning the choice of additional airports;


    (e) all ACC3 designations shall end on the same day;


    (f) where one of the EU aviation security validations agreed under the roadmap establishes the non-implementation of one or more of the objectives listed in the checklist set out in Attachment 6-C3, the designating appropriate authority shall require proof of the implementation of measures rectifying the deficiency identified at that airport, and, depending on the seriousness of the deficiency, request:


    EU aviation security validation of all airports for which ACC3 designation is required in accordance with point 6.8.2.2.1 within a deadline set by the appropriate authority,or

    — twice the number of the EU aviation security validations established under (d) per each of the remaining years of ACC3 designations.

According to number 6.8.2.3 of the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/815 ammending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 the appropriate authority may accept the EU aviation security validation report of a third country entity, or of another ACC3, for ACC3 designation in cases where that entity or ACC3 carries out the entire cargo operation, including loading into the hold of the aircraft, on behalf of the applicant ACC3 and the EU aviation security validation report covers all these activities.

If satisfied with the report of the EU aviation security validator, the Federal Aviation Authority of Germany (LBA) will ensure that the necessary details of the ACC3 are entered into the Union database of regulated agents and known consignors.

When making the database entry, the Federal Aviation Authority of Germany (LBA) will allocate a unique alphanumeric identifier in the standard format identifying the carrier and the third country airport from which it is carrying cargo into the Union. The unique alphanumeric identifier shall appear on documentation accompanying the consignments carried, either in electronic format or in writing.  

Release: 2017.05.22

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