The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has welcomed the enactment of the Brazil-European Union aviation safety agreement, which will simplify equipment certification processes between the two parties, reducing duplication of effort and expense.

Following an exchange of diplomatic notes between Brazil and the EU on 27 August, the agreement has now come into force. The two parties held their first certification meeting under the terms of the agreement on 10 October.

“The completion of this agreement is another positive step forward for our manufacturers and the broader aviation industry,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. "Streamlining certification, continued airworthiness, and maintenance efforts between EU member states and Brazil will reduce redundant regulatory oversight. As such, both authorities and industry will benefit from greater efficiencies in delivering new aircraft, parts and maintenance services, while simultaneously strengthening international aviation safety cooperation.”

With the agreement in place, the signatories will be able to negotiate future expansion of the text to include other areas of safety not yet covered, and GAMA says it looks forward to the rapid implementation of the agreement “so its benefits can be realised in a timely manner”.