An Unbiased CAA Assessment Will Protect Aviation Regulation and Public Services for Decades

The UK aviation regulator will be reviewed as part of a wider government initiative to review the effectiveness and efficiency of public bodies, which will be overseen by an independent lead reviewer.

The review will ensure the continued delivery of top-notch service to the general public, with a focus on the effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and governance of the organization.

To ensure the continued delivery of world-class regulation and public services for decades to come, the Government announced today (30 August 2022) the start of an independent review of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) from the United Kingdom.

The Civil Aviation Authority is essential to the UK’s position as a world leader in aviation and aerospace.

Its mandate encompasses everything from ensuring the highest standards of aviation safety and security to the efficient use of airspace, space activities and the defense of consumer rights.

The assessment will focus on the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness in delivering its services today, as well as its role, form, function and delivery model for the future, building on on its success in resolving the enormous difficulties of recent years.

The organization’s corporate governance and assurance support processes

Relationship between the CAA and the Department for Transport and how the two organizations work together to provide the UK with a high quality service

how its objectives align with broader government objectives, taking into account its position as an independent regulator

As outlined in our 22-point action plan to help reduce disruption to the sector and protect passengers, the regulator, which turns 50 this year, has played a crucial role in the recovery of the aviation industry .

As set out in our 10-year plan Flightpath to the future, the regulator will be essential in the coming years to ensure that the sector can modernize and adapt to meet the challenges of the future while safeguarding consumer rights.
Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said:

The backbone of an industry that, before the outbreak, carried millions of passengers each year, brought in $22 billion to our economy, and supported more than a million jobs is civil aviation regulation.

With the help of this review, UK civil aviation regulations will continue to set the bar for the rest of the world in terms of consumer protection, economic regulation, environmental protection, safety and security, which frequently help other nations raise international standards.

Civil Aviation Authority chief Sir Stephen Hillier said:

At the Civil Aviation Authority, we have worked hard to achieve our goal of improving aviation and aerospace for users and the general public.

We welcome the opportunity this assessment gives us to showcase our organization’s commitment, talent and culture of continuous learning while identifying areas for improvement.

This will ensure that we remain a diverse and forward-looking regulator committed to improving aviation security, consumer interests and safety, and fostering a robust aerospace industry.

To facilitate this assessment, we look forward to working with the government in an open, transparent and cooperative manner.

The assessment is part of a larger initiative, announced in April this year, which examines public entities across government.

It coincides with a vital period for the recovery of the aviation sector from the epidemic and will take place alongside, but independently of, the safety audit planned by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The evaluation will be overseen by Jeremy Newman, a member of the independent panel of the Competition and Markets Authority, and will last until spring 2023.

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