The Aviation Security, Facilitation Policy and Regulation is a department under the Directorate of Safety, Security and Economic Regulation (DSSER).
Primary Objective of the Department
To ensure the safety of passengers, crew, ground personnel, the general public, aircraft and facilities of an airport serving civil aviation in all matters related to safeguarding against acts of unlawful interference with civil aviation.
Department Activities/ Functions
The department is responsible for implementation of the following functions;
- Ensuring that security measures are in place to protect civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference as indicated in the above objective.
- Coordinating the development and review of Civil Aviation (Security) Regulations and ensuring compliance of the policies contained therein by the Industry operators (Airports, Aircraft Operators and air operators’ agents, inflight Catering Operator) for the effective implementation of aviation security controls.
- Coordinating the development, implementation and maintenance of the National Civil Aviation Programs including the NCASP:The National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP) is a subsidiary document to the Civil Aviation (Security) regulations and the primary legislation, the UCAA, Act cap 354. It contains policy statements and measures issued on a “need to know basis” to the civil aviation Industry Operators including but not limited to airports, air operators and their agents, Inflight catering operators, Air navigation service providers.The NCASP includes security provisions at national and airport level in addition to specific baseline measures for securing airports, aircraft, passengers, cabin baggage, hold baggage, cargo and mail, in-flight supplies and airport supplies. The Security Provisions on in-flight security, ATM and cyber security and the management of threats and hijackings are also included in the NCASP.
- Ensuring that relevant parts/portions of the NCASP are incorporated in the Operator’s respective aviation security programmes.
- Coordinating the development, review and implementation of the subsidiary programmes to NCASP which include but not limited to, National Civil Aviation Security Quality Control Programme (NQCP), National Civil Aviation Security Training Programme (NCASTP).
- Regulation of Aviation Security at Airports Servicing Civil Aviation in the State of Uganda;
- Ensuring implementation and adherence to Civil Aviation Security Legislation, Regulations, National Civil Aviation Security Programmes and Civil Aviation oversight activities including but not limited to inspections, audits and tests in accordance with the national Policies and International Standards (SARPs) contained in the ICAO Annex 17.
- Coordinating and participating in the activities of Aviation Security ICAO-USAP CMA audits, quality Audits among others.
- Coordination and issuance of technical Guidance material to aviation security Stakeholders during an outbreak of communicable epidemics or pandemics such as COVID-19, SARS,Ebola.
- Promotion of security culture within the civil aviation Industry.
- Coordination of Security Standards of Annex 9-Facilitation.
- Ensuring Training and certification of aviation security personnel.
- Review and approval of Operator Programmes to include Airport Security Programme, Aircraft Operator Programmes, Air navigation Service provider(s), Airline Agents Service Providers Programmes and Inflight Catering security Programmes
- Coordinating committees at the national and airport level (national Aviation Security committee and airport security committee at each airport) respectively, to advise on the effective implementation of the NCASP.
- Collaboration with Government Ministries, Security agencies, airports, aircraft operators, regional and international bodies such as CASSOA, AFCAC, ICAO, ECAC, IATA , States and industry Partners on aviation security aspects and national, regional and international / Global Aviation Security plans.
- Coordination and ensure domestication of International civil aviation SARPS, International conventions, protocols as well as UN Resolutions.
Point of Contact
UCAA’s Focal point for Aviation Security is the office of Director General.
The lead responsibility regarding Civil Aviation Security within the UCAA lies with the office of the Director Safety,Security and Economic Regulation.
The Technical Coordinator within UCAA is the office of the Manager Aviation Security, Facilitation Policy and Regulation.