The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has developed this new guidance on asylum procedure its operational standards and its indicators. The guidance is designed to support European Union Member States in the practical implementation of key provisions of the Asylum Procedures Directive (recast) (APD), the legislation that sets out the legal standards on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection. Building on existing practices that can be found within the European Union, the guidance formulates commonly acknowledged operational standards and indicators that are... realistic and achievable across all EU Member States, as well as compiles examples of good practice. The overall objective is to support asylum authorities in the achievement of fair and effective asylum procedures, and ultimately to strengthen the Common European Asylum System at an operational level. The guidance can be used at multiple levels including policy-making, operational level and national monitoring. At policy level, it serves as a tool to strengthen or further develop national asylum procedures. At operational level, it can support the effective implementation of key provisions of the APD within the asylum procedure, and back process improvement initiatives. Finally, the guidance can serve as a reference for the development of national monitoring frameworks and for conducting self-assessments of national procedures on the quality of asylum procedure systems.