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The development of this series of standards takes place in the context of a specific focus by the European Commission to develop a framework for the safe development of a drone ecosystem in Europe.

As part of its Sustainable and Smart Mobility strategy, the Commission expects to adopt a Drone strategy 2.0 in 2022 to develop drones into a vector for the smart and sustainable mobility of the future. For this reason, standards on drones developed by CEN and ASD-STAN can provide valuable support to the policy objectives of the European Commission in the sector.

The development of standards in this area was formally carried out by ASD-STAN ( ASD-STAN | Setting the Standards for the Aerospace, Aviation & Defence Industry ) and in 2023 in co-operation with CEN/CENELEC , this work will now be carried out in a new committee CEN/TC471 "Unmanned aircraft system" (UAS) . The 1st meeting of the committee was held on the 6th of April 2023.

EU Regulations 2019/947 and 2019/945 set out the framework for the safe operation of civil drones in the European skies. They adopt a risk-based approach, and as such, do not distinguish between leisure or commercial civil drone activities. What they consider is the weight and the specifications of the civil drone and the operation it is intended to conduct.

Regulation (EU) 2019/947, which is applicable since 31 December 2020 in all EU Member States, including Norway and Liechtenstein (it is expected that it will soon become applicable in Switzerland and Iceland too), caters for most types of civil drone operations and their levels of risk. It defines three categories of civil drone operations: the ‘open’, the ‘specific’ and the ‘certified’ category.

The work is developed in the frame of the Standardization Request, mandate M567 (eNorm Platform (  and its  amendment.  M/567 - UAS (Drones) Abstract Standardisation Request to the European Committee for Standardisation as regards unmanned aircraft systems intended to be operated in the ‘open’ category of operations in support of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945.

The SCOPE of standardisation work under CEN/TC471 "Unmanned aircraft system" (UAS) (CEN Technical Bodies - CEN/TC 471 (  is :
"Standardisation in the field of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) including, but not limited to, classification, design, manufacture, operation and safety management of UAS operations , with the exclusion of those fields of activities covered by CEN/Tc274 – Aircraft ground support equipment (CEN - CEN/TC 274 ( )  : CEN/TC377 – Air Traffic Management (CEN Technical Bodies - CEN/TC 377 (    CEN/TC436 - Cabin Air Quality on civil aircraft - Chemical Agents (CEN Technical Bodies - CEN/TC 436 ( 

The Work Programme includes the following:

  • 4709-001 : Aerospace series – UAS - Part 001: Product requirements and verification
  • 4709-002 : Aerospace series – UAS - Part 002: Direct Remote identification
  • 4709-003 : Aerospace series – UAS - Part 003: Geo-awareness requirements
  • 4709-004 : Aerospace series – UAS - Part 004: Lighting requirements
  • 4709-005: Aerospace series - UAS - Part 005: Geo-Caging requirements for UAS (C6)
  • 4709-006: Aerospace series - UAS - Part 006: Flight Termination System requirements
  • for UAS (C5-C6)
  • 4709-007: Aerospace series - UAS - Part 007: General product requirements for UAS of
  • classes C5 and C6
  • 4709-008: Aerospace series - UAS - Part 008: Accessories kits (C5)

NSAI are calling for interested parties including manufacturers, regulators , designers , and  technical experts to join the CEN Technical Committee (CEN/TC471 ) and participate in the development of these standards. If you would like to join this work , email Elizabeth O'Ferrall at