Just Culture Policy
The implementation of the concept of “Just Culture” is now widely seen as key for further improvement of aviation safety through more and better reporting of aviation occurrences. An essential condition for establishing a “Just Culture” at national level is an enhanced cooperation and coordination between safety and judicial authorities. The EUROCONTROL Just Culture Task Force, which is composed of legal and safety experts of the Member States, European Commission, ATM and Air Transport associations and EUROCONTROL, has developed a “Model Policy regarding criminal investigation and prosecution of civil aviation incidents and accidents”.
This paper presents the said Model Policy, together with additional information in support of the application of such a policy within the Member States. The information should be useful for any organisation willing to undertake the substantial, but otherwise rewarding, task of implementing such a policy within the state.
The paper also presents background information relative to the development of this policy. The Provisional Council of the EUROCONTROL Organisation has unanimously endorsed this Policy at its session of 10th May 2012. This is a crucially important step in the quest for better aviation safety, commensurate with the expected traffic growth of the following decades.