EU regulations require air carriers flying cargo and mail into the EU from non-EU countries to have certain security standards in place prior to the loading of an aircraft bound for the EU.
Such carriers are to be designated as an “Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport (ACC3)”. The regulations, (EU)2015/1998 have been applicable since Feb 1st 2012 and airline operators have had to fulfil certain criteria, this includes a "declaration of commitments"
It is the responsibility of ACC3s to ensure that cargo and/or mail coming to the EU is from a secure supply chain or is screened. These EU regulations state (from July 1st 2014) that ACC3s must obtain security verifications of their cargo and mail operations at the relevant airports, the Last Point of Departure (LPD). This verification must be undertaken by an independent validator certified by an EU regulator. These validations will be valid for a period of up to 5 years.
These regulations may also apply to business partners of the airlines, such as Regulated Agents (RA3), Known Consignors (KC3) or Account Consignors (AC3). Business Change Consutancy can carry out the validation or consult with companies to reach the required standards for this accreditation.
Denis O'Sullivan successfully passed the first IATA Aviation Security Independent Validator (ACC3) Course in April 2013 having attended the course at the newly established IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV). As an accredited EU Independent Validator by an EU member state, you will find him listed on the EU database.