The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published guidance for drone operators, manufacturers and national authorities explaining the process for the design verification of drones, an important element in ensuring safe drone operations in the ‘specific’ category.
The process applied for the design verification will depend on the level of risk of the operation. When the drone is used in operations classified as high risk (i.e. SAIL V and VI according to SORA), EASA will issue a type certificate according to Part 21 (Regulation (EU) 748/2012). When the drone is used in operations classified in the medium risk (i.e. SAIL III and IV according to SORA), a more proportionate approach will be applied, leading to a ‘design verification report’. The procedure to apply to EASA for the issuance of the ‘design verification report’ are described in the Guidelines.
The EASA guidelines for the specific category are available here: Guidelines on Design verification of UAS operated in the ‘specific’ category and classified in SAIL III and IV