Security Accreditation Board and EASA establish strategic collaboration to elevate oversight of EGNOS system and operations

Published: 
01 February 2024
Philippe Bertrand, EUSP SAB, and Luc Tytgat, EASA, signed a MoC that will reinforce EGNOS System and Operations
Philippe Bertrand, EUSP SAB, and Luc Tytgat, EASA, signed a MoC that will reinforce EGNOS System and Operations

The EU Space Programme Security Accreditation Board (SAB) plays a critical role in ensuring the security of the components of the EU Space Programme, both in space and on the ground. As the responsibilities of the SAB expand with the increasing components of the EU Space Programme, it remains dedicated to independently assessing the security of the program, instilling confidence in users to utilize EU Space services.

The EU Space Programme Security Accreditation Board (SAB) and EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) have entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) effective as of January 23, 2024, aimed at fortifying collaborative efforts in ensuring effective oversight of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) System and Operations.

"The MoC formalizes our commitment to enhancing the security and safety of air navigation services within the European Union. By establishing a cooperation between the SAB accreditation authorities and the EASA certification authorities, we aim to strengthen the oversight of the EGNOS system, contributing to its seamless operation and ensuring its compliance with the security standards," says Philippe Bertrand, Chair of the EU Space Programme Security Accreditation Board.

A key cooperation for proactively addressing the security accreditation

The MoC outlines the creation of a coordination Board, comprising representatives from both EASA and the SAB. This Board aims to facilitate coordination on various aspects, including accreditation and certification decisions and regulatory frameworks.

Dedicated coordination meetings are also set at various EGNOS stages of the accreditation and certification process, to facilitate the exchange of planned activities and assessment of outcomes from accreditation and certification oversight efforts.

"The collaboration between EASA and EUSP SAB signifies a milestone in ensuring the safety and reliability of the EGNOS System. By establishing dedicated coordination mechanisms, we seek to optimize our efforts in overseeing the system's operations and promptly addressing any emerging challenges," comments Luc Tytgat, Acting Executive Director of EASA.

"This collaboration exemplifies the synergies possible and how proactive our Security Accreditation Board is. By establishing clear modalities of collaboration, we are better positioned to address the evolving security needs of air navigation services and enhance the overall reliability of the EGNOS system, " adds Bertrand.

This Memorandum of Cooperation stands as a testament to the commitment of EUSP SAB and EASA towards fostering collaborative endeavours for the benefit of air navigation services in the European Union. 

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Updated: Feb 01, 2024