A Drone Delivery Group White Paper for Public Consultation

The Relationship Between Standards & Regulations

  • Background

    Concerns of over regulation, a lack of direction from Government on the implementation of EU drone legislation and a lack of clarity on the future of CE vs UKCA certification, understanding the relationship between regulations and standards have never been so important.

    This paper will explore the types and purpose of drone standards and how they could be used to support the UK Government and prevent what is the most rapidly evolving technology sector ever witnessed from driving into a regulatory culs-de-sac.


  • Purpose

    The purpose of this Paper is to provide the UK Drone Industry’s coordinated guidance to Government in the UK and beyond. 

    This paper will clarify the types and roles of standards and set out how these can be used by Government to prevent over regulation and place the responsibility for setting out safety and quality standards on industry.

    The Drone Delivery Group represents an industry-backed initiative to bridge the gap between Government and industry. The Group was founded with the goal of establishing an open channel of communication between key stakeholders within the drone delivery industry (manufacturers, operators, and investors) and Government, standards bodies and regulatory organizations.

    Thank you for your time, interest and support... 

  • Scope


    • Region

      This White Paper is focused on the UK market but the principles are applicable globally

    • Release

      In committee development

    • Deadline

      This paper will be released for comment by the DDG Membership before 31 March 2021.

  • Next Steps

    This white paper is in the committee draft phase.

    Once complete, it will be issued to the DDG members for comment before releasing for public consultation.

    To register your interest in being a contributor, please complete the form below.  Existing members, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the White Paper for?

Our aim is to deliver industry backed guidance to the UK Government on the steps required to enable safe and secure rapid commercialization of the UK drone industry.

In the last few years, the UK Government has worked tirelessly to understand and develop strategies to enable what is widely understood as one of the most exciting emerging industries in modern history.  The drone industry encompasses many elements which, when fully commercialized, will create significant benefits to UK Plc.  While the drone industry spans all environments (surface, underwater, air & space), for the purposes of this paper, the term drone is used purely to represent air drones (UAS).

How do I have my say?

Step 1 - Please use the links below to download the White Paper and the comment form.

Step 2 - Please read the White Paper and use the comment form to log any comments that you have. Please note that, if you make a suggestion for change, please provide suggested replacement text. Without this, it is unlikely that your comment result in a change to the text.

Step 3 - Email the comment form only to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 31 May 2020.

Step 4 - The Committee for this white paper will review your comments and publish the results with the final version.

Step 5 - We will not be able to respond to everyone but we will take every comment into account and by joining the group, you will be kept up to date with the progress of this and future papers

When do I need to get my comments in by?

We have allotted nearly 8 weeks for the public consultation phase so you have until 31 May 2020 to submit your completed comment form. 

Please be sure to complete the form carefully entering details of the paragraph, the comment and a suggestion to rectify the issue.

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