The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the FAA and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) have signed new bilateral aviation safety procedure agreements expected to reduce cost and delivery times for exports.

The agreements are the first major steps in implementing the Certification Management Team Collaboration Strategy, published in 2016, to increase the level of cooperation among aviation safety regulators from the European Union, the U.S. and Canada. The agencies signed the agreements during the annual Certification Management Team meeting in Ottawa.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed the news. “These are landmark agreements that significantly improve the acceptance of aviation products and approvals among our industry’s key safety regulators,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA president and CEO. The general manufacturing industry will benefit from the provisions, which include the reduction of costs and delivery times for aircraft exports across the Atlantic, Bunce said.

“Revision 6 of the EASA-FAA Technical Implementation Procedures for airworthiness and environmental certification is a significant milestone toward a risk-based approach to reduce and further eliminate redundant authority involvement,” GAMA said. It establishes a three-tier approach for all projects based on mutual confidence and safety risk through a reciprocal acceptance, which includes all Technical Standard Orders for equipment, maintenance repair data and alterations on import aircraft, it said.

The agencies also signed Revision 3 of the EASA-TCCA Technical Implementation Procedures for airworthiness and environmental certification during the meeting. It increases cooperation during certification and validation projects and increases the sharing of data for in-service aircraft operations.

GAMA is looking forward to seeing other partners, such as Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency, join the agreements.