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ATSEP is recognized by ILO – International Labour Office– under the International Standard Classification of Occupation ILO Paragraph: 3145 AIR TRAFFIC SAFETY TECHNICIANS

Air traffic safety electronics personnel (ATSEP) is an international term for the technical staff involved with the creation and support of the ground-based electronic hardware and software systems used to support air navigation and Air Traffic Management.

In 2017, the term ATSEP is defined by the CIR (EU) 2017/373 of 1 March 2017 (laying down common requirements for providers of air traffic management/air navigation services and other air traffic management network functions and their oversight) 

ATSEP is defined as:

(20)  ‘air traffic safety electronics personnel(ATSEP)’ means any authorised personnel who are competent to operate, maintain, release from, and return into operations equipment of the functional system;


(56) ‘functional system’ means a combination of procedures, human resources and equipment, including hardware and software, organized to perform a function within the context of ATM/ANS and other ATM network functions;