The implementation of the various elements of Safety Management Systems (SMS) have been ongoing for over 10 years now. As demonstrated through IOSA, most airlines have them in adequately place. However, this does not mean the work ends. In fact, it is just beginning.

The IATA SMS-related activities are focused on practical applications of Safety Management principles as enablers of an effective system to drive the use of Safety Management in aviation.

Supporting consistent implementation of SMS is part of IATA's Six-Point Safety Strategy. It covers:

Safety Issue Review Meeting (SIRM)

The SIRM, created and managed by IATA and our member airlines, provides a protected, confidential environment for industry to speak about their safety risks, hazards and lessons-learned from accidents and incidents, as well as to share results of safety studies. 

For more information, please visit the SIRM event page.

IATA Safety Information Exchange Program

To promote an open exchange of safety information aimed at continuously improving aviation safety, IATA has developed a program to facilitate information-sharing and analysis between a State, State-registered airlines, and other key stakeholders.

The program establishes a forum where participating airlines, States, and other pertinent stakeholders engage in collaborative activities to identify, analyze and mitigate leading aviation safety risks. Thereby, supporting the activities of a State Safety Program, while also adhering to the safety data and safety information protection principles as outlined in ICAO Annex 19, and the intent of SMS as a whole.

The program model is based on others already in place with noted achievements in safety advancements, such as the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) in the US and Brazilian Aviation Safety Team (BAST) in Brazil. Participation is voluntary and at the sole discretion of the individual participants.

Safety Culture – A Key Enabler of Safety Management

We are convinced that a strong safety culture is a primary enabler of effective safety management. There is no point having all Safety Management System elements in place if they are not used.

The "I-ASC" (IATA Aviation Safety Culture) survey, specifically designed for aviation, provides insight into the challenges and risk areas of front line and management employees, as well as areas of improvement and hazards in safety performance. It also provides organizations with the means to meet ICAO Safety Management System (SMS) / State Safety Program (SSP) requirements to measure and continuously improve their safety culture.

ICAO Annex 19 Amendments – Guidance Material

IATA is an active participant on the ICAO Safety Management Panel and was involved in the drafting of ICAO Annex 19, Safety Management, as well as the First Amendment to this Annex, which becomes applicable 7 November 2019. IATA is contributing to the ICAO Safety Management Implementation (SMI) Website with examples, tools and educational material for all service providers.

For further information concerning IATA's SMS initiatives, please contact us at safety@iata.org

Training Courses

Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Airlines (Classroom, 5 days)

Guidelines to align your operations with ICAO annex 19 SMS provisions and comply with industry requirements for personnel licensing, operation of aircraft and more. The systematic SMS approach ensures both safer operations and improved overall efficiency by managing organizational structure, staff accountabilities, policies and procedures. Developed in accordance with ICAO principles, this course helps you fulfill SMS requirements and establish a functional SMS within your operations.

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Safety Risk Management (Classroom, 3 days)

Safety risk management is a key component of a successful safety management system, required to assess the risks associated with identified hazards and to develop and implement effective mitigation. During this course review your safety risk management process according to the ICAO safety performance requirements. Learn how to improve your operational safety by correctly identifying hazards, providing effective controls to mitigate safety risks, and reducing equipment loss and damage.

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Safety Performance Indicators (Classroom, 3 days)

Through a step-by-step methodology, you will learn the foundations of Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs), how to practically develop them, as well as gain knowledge on the integration of safety objectives, SPIs and safety performance targets into an acceptable level of safety performance (ALoSP). This course introduces safety performance monitoring as the core activity within the safety assurance (SA) process of an airline safety management system (SMS) and provides a methodology to develop SPIs that meet the expectations of IOSA Standards and Recommended Practices (ISARPs) and ICAO Annex 19.

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