In today’s dynamic environment, airlines need an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) that focuses on areas of potential safety risks rather than applying a "one-size-fits-all" approach. Through the introduction of a risk-based approach, the audit scope will be tailored for each airline. Furthermore, the new approach introduces a maturity assessment of the airline's safety-critical systems and programs.
Focusing on pertinent safety risks, while maintaining a baseline of safety, will increase the effectiveness of the audit and contribute to the overall industry goal of reducing the accident rate.
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Tailored Audit Scope
Audit scoping will be based on a combination of industry standards and operator-specific elements such as operational profile, safety events, and the operator's IOSA audit history.
The below example illustrates how different factors will be considered in the audit scoping and how this practice differs from today's process.
Example of audit scoping under a risk-based approach to IOSA
The maturity assessment will introduce a more structured and comprehensive way of providing the airline with an evaluation of its relevant safety systems and programs. This will further assist in determining the next steps in improving its operational safety.
In addition to the introduction of the maturity assessment, IOSA will continue to require a baseline of conformity with IOSA Standards and Recommended Practices. The example below shows the difference between the conventional conformity assessment and the maturity assessment that will be introduced.
Example of maturity assessment under a risk-based approach to IOSA
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Assessment Method (on each ISARP)
Assessment Method (on selected ISARPs and Programs)
The transition to a risk-based approach is planned to take 3 years with the first risk-based pilots expected to occur in 2022. During the transition period both, traditional and risk-based audits will co-exist in the IOSA program.
Over the last 19 years, IOSA has become the industry benchmark in safety auditing. With this new risk-based approach, the program will provide industry-wide stakeholders with additional value.
- Tailored and reduced Audit scope focusing efforts where needed the most.
- Improved audit methods through maturity evaluation.
- Improved management and standardization of auditors.
- Safety insights are captured to deliver safety improvements and reduction of local accident rates.
- New insights through improved audit report.
- Long-term sustainability of IOSA program through direct management of insourced products.
Need more information?
- Newsletter - May 2023 (pdf)
- IOSA Risk-Based Approach One-Pager (pdf)
- IOSA Risk-Based Approach - FAQs (pdf)
- IOSA Risk-Based Approach - Generic Presentation (pdf)
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