Design, Production & Type

The Type Certification process assures that the design of new or modified aircraft, as well as parts and appliances, conform to internationally agreed safety standards. To achieve this, the European Commission regulations and procedures of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are applied.

In addition to the approval of products, the FOCA section STEH approves and surveys Design and Production Organisations located in Switzerland. If necessary, Airworthiness Directives are issued in order to maintain the original level of safety of aircraft, or parts thereof. Last but not least, the Process addresses the certification requirements for aircraft of the special category.

Please note our e-mail address for your concerns about type certification for national projects (NON-EASA – Annex II aircraft).  

Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements, (BASA)

The "Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements (BASA) are published on the website: "Safety - International affairs - Technical agreements".

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Technical news related to aircraft

Technical News in general
(i.e. modifications of EASA Regulations)


Technical communications

Announcements from the Federal Office of Civil Aviation regarding issues of airworthiness

Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements, (BASA)

Further information


Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA

Type Certification
3003 Bern

Tel: +41 58 465 31 74
Fax: +41 58 465 93 24

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