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UAS Regulations

Update: 2020 (harmonised regulations for EASA Member States)

On 28 February 2019 the EASA Committee has given its positive vote to the European Commission’s proposal for an Implementing Act regulating the operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the open and specific categories. This proposal is mainly based on EASA’s Opinion No 01/2018 [ ].  

The easy access rules for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Regulation (EU) 2019/947 and Regulation (EU) 2019/945)
Revision from September 2021
On 11 June 2019 common European rules on drones, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 [ ]& Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 [ ], have been published to ensure drone operations across Europe are safe and secure. The rules will amongst others help to protect the safety and the privacy of EU citizens while enabling the free circulation of drones and a level playing field within the European Union.
A major milestone in the regulation of operations of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in Europe was achieved on 10th October 2019 with the publication of the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance materials (GM )  [ ] for the Regulation on UAS operations in the open and specific category.

With the publication, EASA will support UAS operators and Member States in complying with the adopted EU regulation. The document includes the description of a risk assessment methodology to evaluate the danger of an UAS operation and to identify mitigation measures to make the operation safe.
The methodology for conducting a risk assessment of the operations in the specific category is called SORA (Specific Operation Risk Assessment) and offers a very structured approach to evaluate all aspects and identify mitigations and safety objectives.

The timeframe for the European changes is listed here [ ] and may change due COVID-19
All other related documents can be found here :[[]=2204& ]  (e.g. Opinion “Standard scenarios for UAS operations in the ‘specific’ category”; Opinion 01/2020 - High-level regulatory framework for the U-space; ).

Before the EASA changes were implemented, previous regulations for individual Member States can be found here: 

Dutch regulations:

[LATEST UPDATE: May 2020, David Guerin; the information below may not be up to date and will be incorrect after EASA standardised rules come into effect.]

Here is the drone home page in Dutch:

[Updated May 2019: David Gueirn]

The information below has not recently been checked for correctness.

It is prohibited to use any RPAS / UAS drone professional (commercial) to fly, unless you receive an exemption. An exemption may be requested from the Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT or ILENT). The inspection uses thereby frameworks for safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic and to protect the public safety in the use of airspace by a drone.


To the exemption rules and restrictions such as: ◦ Certificate of Registration of the UAS (BVI) ◦ Certificate of Airworthiness of the UAS (BoL) ◦ Insurance for UAS ◦ Proof of Competence of the pilot (BvB) ◦ Safety Management System for the organization / owner of the UAS (VMS) You must also take into account: ◦ TUG-exemption (Take exceptional use) for the area where the drone’s takeoff and landing. The requirements to be to get this waiver are in compliance information bulletin (dutch language). A UAS drone should be (driver + cameraman or supervisor) always flown in a two-piece band, the second person does not need to have the necessary experience and aeronautical knowledge.


The Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILENT) supervises compliance with these laws and regulations relating to the unmanned aircraft and maintains it.

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