Specifications and guidelines

EUROCONTROL is a key actor in developing and supporting all regional and global standardisation activities relevant for ATM. In this context EUROCONTROL prepares and publishes “EUROCONTROL specifications” defining technical and/or operational procedures that advance ATM. In the context of its contribution to the single European sky (SES), the availability of EUROCONTROL specifications as Means of Compliance (MoC) to EU regulations allows regulated parties to implement and comply with SES legislation.

In the specific case of the SES interoperability Regulation, Community specifications may be established by European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs) in cooperation with EUROCAE or by EUROCONTROL. Community specifications are voluntary means of compliance that are recognized by the European Commission and referenced in the Official Journal of the EU. For EUROCONTROL Specifications, the opinion of the Single Sky Committee (SSC) is sought to determine whether they are to be recognized as Community specification and referenced in the Official Journal of the EU. Furthermore, EASA is in the process of preparing new certification specifications that include both interoperability and airworthiness requirements, which will provide an alternative demonstration of compliance to the interoperability Regulation.

The EUROCONTROL Specifications in blue in the table below have been recognised as Community specifications for the SES interoperability Regulation.


Title Type Status
ATS Data Exchange Presentation (ADEXP) Specification Update Published
Aeronautical Information Exchange (AIX) Specification New Published
ATS Message Handling System (AMHS) Specification Update Published

Airspace Management Support System (ASM) Specification Part I

New Published
Advanced Surface-Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) Services New Published
All Purpose Structured EUROCONTROL Surveillance Information Exchange (ASTERIX) Specification Update Published
Collaborative Environmental Management (CEM) Specification Update Published
Data Origination (DO) Specification New Published
Data Quality Requirements (DQR) Specification Update Published
Data Assurance Levels (DAL) Specification Update Published
electronic Aeronautical Information Publication (eAIP) Specification Update Published
ATM Surveillance System Performance (ESASSP) Specification Update Published
Flight Message Transfer Protocol (FMTP) Specification Update Published
Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) Specification Update Published
Initial Flight Plan (IFPL) Specification Update Published
Mode S Interrogator Code Allocation (MICA) Specification Update Planned
On-Line Data Interchange (OLDI) Specification Update Published
Operational ANS Performance Monitoring Airport Operator Data Flow (draft) New Ongoing
System-Wide Information Management (SWIM) Specifications New Published
Time-Based Separation Support Tool (TBS) Specification New Published


Approach Path Monitor (APM) Guidelines New Published
Area Proximity Warning (APW) Guidelines New Published
Conformity Assessment Guidelines New Published
Minimum Safe Altitude Warning (MSAW) Guidelines New Published
Short-Term Conflict Alert (STCA) Guidelines New Published
NATO-EUROCONTROL Guidelines for the Assessment of Mode 5 Frequency Supportability New Published
Guidelines for Harmonised AIP Publication and Data Set Provision New Published
8.33 kHz Channel Spacing for Military Operators Update Published



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