The European Commission has adopted new measures to improve aviation security in the European Union

On 23 January 2019, the European Commission adopted an Implementing Regulation amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 as regards clarification, harmonisation and simplification as well as strengthening of certain specific aviation security measures.

The amendments concern measures in the areas of airport security, the revision of the rules on background check in order to enhance security culture and resilience, and the introduction, definition of performance standards and use of Shoe Explosive Detection equipment (SED) and Explosive Vapour Detection equipment (EVD).

The amendments were required due to the new developments in terms of airport and airline operations, technology and security equipment addressing the changes in the threat and risk picture, as well as the evolution of international Standards and Recommended Practices of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The Implementing Regulation will enter into force on 1 February 2019, however some of the measures provided will apply from 31 December 2020.


Sara Capruzzi