The European Parliament adopted a new accident/incident-reporting rule on March 4. The legislation is intended to accelerate the flow of relevant accident/incident information, thereby speeding the analysis and adoption of new procedures to reduce accidents.
The system adopted for the 28-state European Union is considered a cornerstone of a modern approach to safety policy by learning not only from accidents, but also from small incidents even if they had no serious consequences in themselves. It is designed to gather and exchange incident information with the involvement of airlines, manufacturers, air traffic controllers, aircrew, mechanics, national authorities and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
A European network of safety analysts, coordinated by the EASA, will be charged with detecting trends and safety issues of pan-European significance while also recommending appropriate action.
The new rule will start to be implemented in May and will be in full force 18 months later. In the meantime, preparations will be made to adopt the necessary regulations and develop guidance material and IT applications for the recording, exchange and analysis of information.