The EUSCG is a joint coordination and advisory group established to coordinate the UAS-related standardisation activities across Europe, essentially stemming from EU regulations and EASA rulemaking initiatives. EUSCG provides a link to bridge European activities to those at international level.

The EUSCG membership is composed of:

The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) represents the aeronautics, space, defence and security industries in Europe in all matters of common interest with the objective of promoting and supporting the competitive development of the sector. ASD's membership is composed of major European aerospace and defence companies and national associations. In 2014 over 3000 aeronautics, space and defence companies in these countries employed more than 795,000 people and generated a turnover of €199.4 billion.

Standards are essential to the aviation industry in order to meet objectives related in particular to safety and interoperability and also reliability and performance. Standards and specifications also contribute significantly to the success of many of industry’s collaborative or individual projects in SESAR, and form a large part of their deliverables.

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ASD-STAN is an association which establishes, develops and maintains standards on behalf of that European aerospace industry. ASD-STAN publishes and sells online its own standards-library documents and is a distributor for the independently produced SAE ITC E&A (former ADS standards) standards and ASD-STAN related DIN EN standards.

It is well recognised as the European body for the development of global quality aerospace standards by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG).

Over the years, ASD-STAN has established a lean and streamlined standardisation process for European aerospace standards in agreement with the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN). However, reducing the lead-time for the standards development process in accordance with industry needs remains a constant goal of ASD-STAN.

ASD-STAN has published in total 2374 European Norms (EN) via the European Standardization Organization CEN and 782 Pre-Standard European Norms and Technical Reports (prEN & TR). Finally all ASD-STAN standards will be published by CEN as Europena Norms (EN).

In 2017 ASD-STAN published 72 new Projected European Norms (ASD-STAN prEN), in addition to transforming 123 prEN to European Norms (EN).

With 2374 ENs – which is 11% of the available EN-Standards in Europe – ASD-STAN is one of the major providers of European Norms. In addition 716 prENs and 66 Technical Reports are already published by ASD-STAN which will be transferred to European Norms in the near future. Currently there are 391 standard developments by around 720 involved experts of the European aerospace industry.

ASD-STAN created the working group D5WG8 in order to address the needs for UAS European Standards development and supporting  future regulation from EASA and standardisation requests from the European Commission.

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ASTM International is a globally recognised leader in the development of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. We welcome and encourage participation from around the world. Our leadership in international standards development is driven by the contributions of our members: more than 30,000 of the world’s top technical experts and business professionals representing 140 countries. Working in an open and transparent process and using ASTM’s advanced IT infrastructure, our members create the tools that support industries and governments worldwide. Through our 150 technical standards-writing committees, we serve a broad range of industries: aerospace, infrastructure, public safety personnel, consumer products and many more. When new industries — like nanotechnology, additive manufacturing and robotics — look to advance the growth of cutting-edge technologies through standardisation, many of them come to ASTM International. Beyond standards development, ASTM offers certification and declaration through our subsidiary, the Safety Equipment Institute, as well as technical training programs and proficiency testing. All our programs complement our standards development activities and provide enterprise solutions for companies, government agencies, researchers and laboratories worldwide.

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CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) are recognized by the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as European Standardization Organizations responsible for developing standards in relation to a wide range of materials, processes, products and services.

The members of CEN and CENELEC are the National Standardization Bodies and National Electrotechnical Committees of 33 European countries. European Standards (ENs) and other standardization deliverables that have been adopted by CEN and CENELEC are accepted and recognized in all of these countries. European Standards (ENs) are developed through a process of collaboration among experts nominated by business and industry, public authorities, research institutes, consumer and environmental organisations and other stakeholders. When correctly applied, they contribute to enhancing safety, improving performance and quality, facilitating cross-border trade and strengthening the European Single Market. CEN and CENELEC cooperate with the European Commission to develop and adopt harmonized standards and other deliverables that support the implementation of EU policies and legislation. The domains covered by CEN and CENELEC  are numerous: aerospace, chemistry, construction, consumer, electro-technical, ICT,... 

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The Drone Manufacturers Alliance Europe (DMAE) serves as the voice of drone manufacturers. Together - DJI, GoPro, Parrot and senseFly (Parrot Group) - bring unrivalled experience in the innovation, design, production, operation and regulation of civil drones, especially in the lightweight segment.

Our drones account for almost 80% of the civil drones in use globally today. From recreational activities to commercial operations, our products are transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, film-making and infrastructure inspections. Our drones are also contributing to search and rescue missions, as well as humanitarian aid efforts.

Regulatory patchworks create problems. DMAE’s objective is to ensure that the EU regulatory framework is built for the safe integration of drones into the airspace without hampering the growth of this promising technology. We strongly advocate for a drone rulebook that is harmonised across all EU Member States and takes a risk-based approach with clear, enforceable safety rules.

DMAE members are committed to expand the civil drones market in Europe which provide jobs, economic growth and innovation. We work alongside regulators and decision-makers at national, European and international level to contribute to the policy debate in Europe, and share our collective expertise.

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the centrepiece of the European Union's strategy for aviation safety. Our mission is to promote and achieve the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation. Based in Cologne, the Agency currently employs more than 800 experts and administrators from all over Europe.

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The European Defence Agency was established under a Joint Action of the Council of Ministers on 12 July, 2004, "to support the Member States and the Council in their effort to improve European defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the European Security and Defence Policy as it stands now and develops in the future”. 

On 12 July 2011, the Council adopted a Decision defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the European Defence Agency. This Council decision replaced the Council Joint Action. 

The European Defence Agency, within the overall mission set out in the Joint Action, is ascribed four functions:

  • developing defence capabilities;
  • promoting defence Research and Technology;
  • promoting armaments cooperation;
  • creating a competitive European Defence Equipment Market and strengthening the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base.

EDA acts as a catalyst, promotes collaborations, launches new initiatives and introduces solutions to improve defence capabilities. It is the place where Member States willing to develop capabilities in cooperation do so. It is also a key facilitator in developing the capabilities necessary to underpin the Common Security and Defence Policy of the Union.


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As originator and promoter of the EUSCG, the European Commission, full member of the EUSCG, is financially supporting the work of the EUSCG through a grant to EUROCAE, which provides EUSCG's secretariat.

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ETSI is one of the world’s leading standards development organizations for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Founded initially to serve European needs, ETSI has grown rapidly to become highly-respected as a producer of technical standards for worldwide use. In addition to our global focus, ETSI is formally recognized by the European Commission as a European Standardization Organization (ESO) and is thus deemed competent to produce Community Specifications under the Single European Sky Interoperability Regulation (552/2004) as well as Harmonised Standards for ground ATM Equipment under the Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU).

ETSI membership is composed of manufacturers and network operators – all the “big names” and many smaller companies too – plus national administrations, ministries, regulators, universities, research groups, consultancies and user organisations. A powerful and dynamic mix of skills, resources and ambitions, all working together to bring the very best ICT solutions to the global marketplace. Geographically, our membership of over 800 companies and organisations is drawn from more than 60 countries on 5 continents.

In the aeronautical sector, ETSI is involved in the production of European Norms in support of the Single European Sky as well as Harmonised Standards for ground ATM equipment, meteorological radars, aeronautical satellite services, direct air-to-ground communication, communication on board aircraft and much more.

ETSI has also more than 100 partnerships in place including EUROCAE, EASA, SJU and ICAO. ETSI is independent of all other organizations and structures, a key feature for ensuring neutrality and trustworthiness. That brings benefits not only in the acceptance of our standards and other publications, but also in our growing range of ancillary services, such as interoperability testing which is very important in the aeronautical sector as well.

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EUROCAE currently has around 450+ members, including industry, service providers, regulators, research institutes and international organisations.

EUROCAE membership is open to organisations and industries worldwide. EUROCAE in the interest of its stakeholders, develops technical standards for the industry and in support of regulations, aiming to increase safety, market potential, facilitate interoperability and encourage technological development.

The development of EUROCAE documents is governed by a well-proven core process promoting team work, excellence, industry buy-in and consensus while ensuring safety. To date, EUROCAE has published more than 300 EUROCAE documents (EDs), which are recognised worldwide as high quality and state of the art standards.

Working Groups (WGs) are well known in the aviation environment and their competencies are recognised in Europe by the European Commission, the EASA, EUROCONTROL, the European CAAs, Airports, ANSP’s, Airlines, etc. and internationally by ICAO, US FAA, IATA, CANSO and many more.

WGs are tasked to develop standards and other technical or operational specifications with a key objective to deliver documents resulting from a consensus-driven process by the involved members and submitted to a worldwide open consultation. EUROCAE WGs currently involve more than 5 000 experts from more than 40 countries around the globe participating and contributing on voluntary basis.

Several EUROCAE WGs are developing documents jointly or in close collaboration with partner organisations like RTCA, SAE and ARINC.

EUROCAE has been committed to the EUSCG since its creation, providing the Secretariat function for the group.

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EUROCONTROL is an intergovernmental organisation with 41 member States, committed to building, together with its partners, a Single European Sky that will deliver the air traffic management (ATM) performance required for the twenty-first century and beyond. EUROCONTROL helps its Member States run safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly air traffic operations throughout the European region. EUROCONTROL is a key actor in developing and supporting all regional and global standardisation activities relevant for ATM. In this context EUROCONTROL prepares and publishes “EUROCONTROL Specifications” defining technical and/or operational procedures, as well as “EUROCONTROL Guidelines” providing implementation support activities to its stakeholders.

More information on published EUROCONTROL Specifications and Guidelines can be found here.

EUROCONTROL, as an organisation involved in the planning and development of ATM-related standards, is a plenary member of the EASCG.

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The Global UTM Association (GUTMA) is a non-profit consortium of worldwide Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) stakeholders. Its purpose is to foster the safe, secure and efficient integration of drones in national airspace systems. Its mission is to support and accelerate the transparent implementation of globally interoperable UTM systems.

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The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO is a network of national standards bodies of 161 countries, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

ISO standards are voluntary and we don’t regulate or legislate, although countries may decide to adopt our standards as regulations or refer to them in legislation. We have more than 22196 standards in our portfolio. Our programme ranges from standards for traditional activities, such as agriculture and construction, through mechanical engineering, manufacturing and distribution, to transport, medical devices, the environment, safety, information and communication technologies and to standards for good practice and for services.

More than 100 of our members are from developing countries and every full member has the right to take part in standards development, no matter what the size or strength of their economy. Currently the ISO standards-development system comprise 780 technical bodies including 238 ISO technical committees.

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SAE International is a global body of scientists, engineers, and practitioners that advances self-propelled vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society. SAE International is a not-for-profit, non-lobbying technical organisation and membership association with 138,000 members in over 100 countries. SAE International is the largest non-government mobility standards developing organisation in the world. The first aerospace standard was published in 1917, and today there are over 8900 active aerospace standards and over 21000 historical standards in circulation.

Over 250 SAE International aerospace technical committees & subcommittees have developed many existing standards that can be applied to unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and going forward, new and revised standards are including provisions for UAS. Some SAE committees are focused solely on UAS. Participation in the SAE Technical Committees includes OEMs, suppliers, robotics and unmanned systems integration companies, consulting firms, government, academic institutions and others across the unmanned systems industry.

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The Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project was set up in 2004 as the technological pillar of the Single European Sky to modernise Europe’s air traffic management (ATM) system. The goal of SESAR is to contribute to the SES High-Level Goals of tripling capacity, cutting costs per flight by 50 %, reducing emissions by 10 % and improving safety by a factor of 10.

Established in 2007, the SESAR JU, a public-private partnership, is responsible for defining, developing and validating these solutions in preparation for their deployment. The SESAR JU does so by bringing together the research and innovation expertise and resources of the entire ATM community, from the Network Manager and civil and military air navigation service providers, to airports, civil and military airspace users, staff associations, academia and research centres.

The European ATM Master plan, is SESAR's roadmap for driving the European ATM modernisation programme and provides a roadmap for deployment of the SES. It aims to promote synchronisation of ATM research and development, and deployment and to ensure global interoperability. The ATM Masterplan includes standardisation and regulatory roadmaps, including the UAS perspective.

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JEDA is the first umbrella organization for the national associations of unmanned aviation in Europe founded November 2021. It offers a policy-oriented partnership and network of European drone-related associations, with currently 20 national associations from 18 European states.

It is the unified voice in the European Drone Economy, and the point of contact for the European Commission, EASA and other European aviation authorities and professional organizations.


  • JEDA promotes research and development, design, production, maintenance, and operation of all kinds of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
  • JEDA unites the European drone community comprehensively and consensus-oriented and represents a common understanding for the fair integration of drones into the air traffic
  • JEDA represents the diversity of drone applications in Europe considering international and global aspects, and acts as a focal point for the exchange of expertise about UAS/RPAS
  • JEDA encourages sharing best practices in using new regulations and technologies and creating standard tools and information to facilitate their European operations


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AME is an alliance for all aerial mobility stakeholders in Europe, suppliers and users, private and public with a focus on integrating UAVs and VTOLs into aviation and other ecosystems. Its vision is to bring about a lively New Mobility community, new markets and business opportunities around New Mobility in Europe.

AME contributes to rulemaking on UAVs and VTOLs at EU level, accompanies national implementation, and is also very actively involved in the standards development work since standards are seen as the key enabler for opening of markets and scaling of business.


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