Harmonising standards for aviation operations and supporting their implementation, regionally and globally.


We develop fit-for-purpose technical and operational, civil and military standards, published in the form of EUROCONTROL specifications and guidelines. They serve as means of compliance with global and EU requirements, support harmonised deployment and facilitate an open market for our stakeholders.

We create awareness and assist all stakeholders in understanding and implementing European and other requirements, capturing their generic needs and servicing them.

We conduct impact assessments to bridge the gap from R&D to deployment and beyond, from problem analysis to best option selection and ex-post evaluation, using European best practice.

Supporting standardisation

Single European Sky specifications

Our technical specifications and guidelines provide presumption of conformity with the European Union Interoperability Regulation, where recognised as SES Community Specifications. Our standards also serve as acceptable means of compliance for supporting the implementation of the EU regulatory requirements developed by EASA.

European ATM standards

We closely coordinate and collaborate with EUROCAE in developing aviation standards. A similar coordination and cooperation effort is applied by the broader European standardisation community through the European ATM Standards Coordination Group (EASCG). We contribute our knowledge, experience and harmonisation material to complement their work.

Global standards

Our specifications are used as means of compliance and guidance material by the international community. They are further enhanced by our participation and coordinated efforts with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the RTCA.

Implementation support

Global and European requirements may include regulations, standardisation or other approaches to deploying a regulation, programme, concept or technology. Using our knowledge and experience of the global and regional aviation frameworks and of developing requirements, we create awareness and a deeper understanding of those requirements and their impacts for stakeholders. Where appropriate, we bring them together and capture generic support needs, leading to the development and provision of a variety of deployment tools (standards, manuals, templates, training, etc.).

Fostering aviation interoperability and deployment of new tools through harmonised ATM standards

Development process


The standards development process is mandated by the States and provides a validated outcome on the basis of a defined need.

Using an inclusive, cooperative and transparent process, our standards contribute to improving the safety, interoperability and performance of the entire aviation sector.

Our process consists of five phases.