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Center of Excellence for Independent Validators

Cargo industry worldwide impacted by EU ACC3

To enhance air cargo security, the EU requires the "air cargo or mail carrier operating into the Union from a third country airport" to gain an ACC3 designation.

As of 1st July 2014, an air carrier's designation only continues to be valid upon successful completion of an EU Aviation Security Validation performed by an Independent Validator accredited by an EU member state. Only validated carriers are authorized to fly cargo or mail into Europe.

IATA takes the lead in supporting the industry


IATA has been encouraged by its member airlines and European Regulators to support air carriers in complying with ACC3 EU Security Validation process. To respond to this demand, IATA Training and Development Institute created a pioneer Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) to train, advise and support industry stakeholders.

CEIV offers a comprehensive solution in an effort to assist both the aviation industry and its regulators:

1. Pre-validation assessment guidelines and assistance (pdf)

2. Standard validation methodology and self-assessment tools: to help airlines and other entities test their state of readiness

3. Scope of countries and stations that need validation

4. Training courses to prepare validators and airlines



IATA CEIV benefits the entire industry

  • Helps airlines meet regulations
  • Helps all parties to agree and resolve any outstanding actions, supporting the design and agreement of rectification action plans between carriers and EU regulatory bodies along with associated milestones and compliance deadlines
  • Protects airlines' revenues as they will continue to fly cargo to Europe and not be banned or be impacted by regulatory non-compliance penalties 
  • Reduces costs as validation processes and costs may be "mutualized" 
  • Provides assurance that independent validators auditing airlines and other entities are trained and assessed to a common, approved and documented standard
  • Support the efforts of ground handlers, forwarders and direct shippers to meet the core requirements of the EU, or of other regulators adopting similar laws
  • Provides advice, guidance and potential recommended best practice to other regulators who may be considering similar requirements
  • Assists all parties to develop regulations and practices that are coherent with the reality of air-cargo and mail business practices

View the IATA CEIV list of Accredited Independent Validators (pdf)

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