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14 CFR Parts 1, 21, 43, & 45 Amendments and Related Policy & Guidance

2015 Rule Amendment

On October 1, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published in the Federal Register the final rule, Changes to Production Certificates and Approvals Amendments, Docket No. FAA-2013-0933; Admt. No(s) 21-98, 45-29). This final rule amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 21 and 45, which govern certification procedures for products and articles, and the requirements for identification and registration marking.

In this final rule, applicants for a production approval and production approval holders (PAHs) are required to identify an accountable manager who is responsible for, and has authority over, their production operations and serves as the primary contact with the FAA; allows production approval holders to issue authorized release documents for aircraft engines, propellers, and articles; permits production certificate holders to manufacture and install interface components; requires production approval holders to ensure that each supplier-provided product, article, or service conforms to the production approval holder's requirements and establish a supplier-reporting process for products, articles, or services that have been released from or provided by the supplier and subsequently found not to conform to the production approval holder's requirements; removes the requirement that fixed-pitch wooden propellers be marked using an approved fireproof method; and changes the title of part 21 of title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The intent of these changes is to improve the quality standards applicable to manufacturers and help to ensure that products and articles are produced as designed and safe to operate.

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2009 Rule Amendment

On October 16, 2009, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published in the Federal Register the final rule, Production and Airworthiness Approvals, Part Marking, and Miscellaneous Amendments, Docket No. FAA-2006-25877 (PDF). This final rule amended Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 1, 21, 43 and 45. The most significant changes affected part 21, Certification Procedures for Products, Articles, and Parts, and part 45, Identification and Registration Marking.

In this final rule, the FAA amended certification procedures and identification requirements for aeronautical products and articles. Specifically, these amendments included updated and standardized Quality System requirements for production approval holders, revised export airworthiness approval requirements, and amended identification requirements for products and articles.

This web site is a resource for individuals and organizations affected by these rule changes.

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