Interview with Rod Heitmeyer, ICAO(International Civil Aviation Organization)
Can you please provide our readers with a brief background ofthe ICAO?
ICAO was established in 1944 with the signing of the International
Convention on International Civil Aviation, ICAO’s charter, known
as the Chicago Convention. ICAO is the UN specialized agencyfor International Civil Aviation. It has 190 Member States and itsheadquarters are in Montreal. It has Regional Offices in MexicoCity, Lima, Paris, Dakar, Nairobi, Cairo and Bangkok.
date is to ensure the safe and orderly growth of international civil aviationthroughout the world. ICAO has established a solid worldwide regulatory structure, whichprimarily consists of the Standards and Recommended practices (SARPS) in the 18 Annexes tothe Convention which cover all technical and operational aspects of air transport. These arereviewed and updated regularly in response to technological advances in all areas.The implementation of these Standards and Recommended Practices is the individual andcollective responsibility of the Member States. This has resulted in a high level ofstandardization and harmonization throughout the global air transport system.Included in the 18 ICAO Annexes are Annex 9 on Facilitation which includes MRTDs and Annex17 on Security.
MRTDs are developed with the assistance of ICAO’s Technical Advisory Group on Machine
Readable Travel Documents (TAG-MRTD) with technical and engineering input from ISOWorking Group 3 (ISO/IEC JTC/SC17/WG3). Can you please tell us more about this?
The TAG-MRTD is responsible for the development and adoption of standard MRTDspecifications in ICAO Doc 9303 for approval by the Air Transport Committee of the ICAOCouncil. It is also responsible for Supplements to Doc 9303, guidance material and TechnicalReports to inform States and the industry of present and future developments.The TAG-
MRTD’s New Technologies Working Group (NTWG) is responsible for the
development of standards using advanced technologies in travel documents and relatedsystems to facilitate international travel while maintaining appropriate levels of security. The