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IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for a more secure cargo industry

Air transport industry rules and regulations constantly evolve and airlines have no choice but to keep up with the flow of new standards. In order to guide air cargo carriers operating into the European Union from a third country airport through the new EU ACC3 regulations and designation, IATA has created a pioneer Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV).

Be prepared: ACC3 will affect your air cargo business

From 1 July 2014 onwards, all air cargo and mail carriers operating into the European Union (EU) from third country airports will be required to obtain an EU Aviation Security Validation in order to maintain or acquire their ACC3 designation. This validation, that needs re-issuance every five years, will be key if carriers continue to fly cargo into Europe.

This change will potentially affect thousands of carrier stations. Failing to receive this validation will result in the loss of the ACC3 designation which is synonym of prohibition of any air cargo shipment into or through the EU. Direct shippers, forwarders and handlers will also need to be audited, if they wish to continue applying upstream securities measures on behalf of carriers. Such a change does not go unnoticed. Many airlines are concerned by the cost and deadline implications and, together with EU Members States, requested IATA support to help generate and train sufficient validators to meet the expected demand. 

IATA takes the lead in preparing the airfreight industry

Aware of this growing concern, IATA has created the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV), a unique institute that will benefit the entire industry by offering:

  • Pre-validation assessment guidelines, standard validation methodology and self-assessment tools to help airlines and other entities test their state of readines
  • A scope of countries and stations that may require validation
  • Training courses to prepare validators and airlines (EU ACC3 Awareness Workshop & EU ACC3 Aviation Security Independent Validators Training)
  • A database of secure operators

The IATA Aviation Security Independent Validators Training is the first one to be accredited by EU Member States. To date United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and France officially recognized this training.

IATA can help the airlines to get ready for the independent validation

Designed for airlines, the ACC3 Awareness Workshop is a three-day training to prepare the independent validation process. Participants will learn the impact of ACC3 regulations, will understand the objectives and intent of the ACC3 EU Aviation Security checklist and will be able to prioritize stations within their network that might require independent validation. The workshop will also help participants maximize efficiencies and reduce validation costs.  

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