​The DAQCP is well regarded by the Handling companies and works closely with them to achieve the airline regulators' requirements.​​
A number of airlines established an audit pool to share the audit results. This avoided multiple audits of the same provider at the same location while improving the quality of inspections, as fewer and more effective audits are carried out by accredited DAQCP inspectors in accordance with stringent evaluation criteria established by the Pool. The stations are assigned each year by the Pool and are based on the airports served by airline DAQCP members​.


The Pool has developed its own set of procedures and checklists for conducting airfield inspections and audits. Although the primary objective of the DAQCP is to ensure the safety of aircraft operations, participating airlines derive important financial benefits in terms of drastically reduced airport inspection workloads and associated costs.


The De-Icing/Anti-Icing Quality Control Pool known as DAQCP currently consists of about 100 member airlines and through its active members, performs inspections on approximately 600 companies that provide de-icing/anti-icing services and post de-icing/anti-icing checks at more than 300 airports worldwide. The DAQCP also offers a passive membership to operators that do not have an audit organization or the experience in winter operations.

The quality control is based on the SAE/ICAO/IATA Global Standards for aircraft deicing, in particular SAE AS 6285 (Methods) and SAE AS 6286 (Training). The audits are accomplished in yearly intervals during the winter season and are based on checklists developed by the steering committee. Checklists are updated yearly after consideration of the latest developments in de-icing/anti-icing techniques and are in line with the relevant SAE standards documents. Audit reports as well as the audit related communication are shared using the DAQCP extranet, within a required timeframe, as defined in the pool agreement. Safety critical findings are reported with Alert Letters to affected airlines.

DAQCP Member Airlines (pdf)

The DAQCP audits comprise the following subjects:

Compliance of Procedures and Documentation with acceptable standards

  • Training and Qualification of personnel
  • De-icing/Anti-icing Facilities
  • De-icing/Anti-icing Equipment
  • Integrity of sprayed De-icing/Anti-icing Fluids
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