José Augusto Montero

Alter Technology (Spain)

Product safety aspects of the New European Regulatory Framework for Drones: The CE Marking and the Class Label

The New European Drone Regulation entered into force in 2019 and the applicability period started this year (2021). The CE Marking and Class Label will be mandatory for drones operating in the open and specific categories (low and medium risk) as the main mean to ensure the concept of safety of specific type of drone or UAS.

For a safely introduction of new drone products into the European Market, the European Aviation Authorities, led by EASA, have implemented a set of rules in order to ensure safety and security for each aerial operation empowering each local aviation authority to designate the Notifying and Notified Bodies.

The CE Marking and Class Label processes will require, in some cases, the intervention of the mentioned Notified Body for the safety assessment of a product in terms of testing or support documents evaluation.

In the development of this Paper, the responsibilities of the mentioned authorities and a wide explanation of the CE Marking and Class Label processes will be included.

José Augusto Montero Vizarreta is Electronics and Telecommunications engineer, and Master. in RPAS (UAS).

He brings more than 5 years of experiences managing and monitoring national and international projects for the UAS market and he is also ALTER’s representative in different global standardization and certification WGs for relevant entities and bodies such as ASD-STAN or ISO, and he is also the contact person with different authorities such as EASA and EDA. Furthermore, he has been working in the development of the UAS business unit inside ALTER, in terms of functional, operational and, product safety services.