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IATA Supports Consistent Implementation of SMS

IATA’s Six-Point Safety Program covers all key safety areas for the industry. Each area comprises several specific safety issues. The area of Supporting Consistent Implementation of SMS comprises safety issues related to:

  • Safety performance monitoring
  • Analysis and dissemination of information
  • Safety promotion and facilitation

IATA is an active participant in the ICAO Safety Management Panel and was involved in the drafting of the newest ICAO Annex, namely Annex 19 – Safety Management, which became applicable on 14 November 2013.

A Safety Management System (SMS) is a systematic approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. As per ICAO requirements, service providers are responsible for establishing an SMS, which is accepted and overseen by their State. Service providers include:

  • Approved training organizations that are exposed to safety risks during the provision of their services
  • Aircraft operators
  • Approved maintenance organizations
  • Organizations responsible for type design and/or manufacture of aircraft
  • Air traffic services providers
  • Certified airports

Under the ICAO requirements, the service provider must implement an SMS accepted by its State that, as a minimum:

  • Identifies safety hazards
  • Ensures that remedial action necessary to maintain an acceptable level of safety is implemented
  • Provides for continuous monitoring and regular assessment of the safety level achieved
  • Aims to make continuous improvement to the overall level of safety

Alongside the ICAO requirements, SMS has been incorporated into the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

The aviation industry has been implementing elements of the SMS framework for a number of years. As demonstrated through IOSA audit results, there are varying degrees of implementation to date. Recognizing the need to progress the implementation of SMS by the industry, IATA has introduced the IOSA SMS Strategy. This strategy provides a timeline for the progressive elevation of all SMS designated Recommended Practices to Standards by 2016.

To support SMS implementation, IATA has developed and launched the Regional SMS Network to facilitate the understanding of and subsequent conformity with IOSA SMS requirements. IATA is also developing a strategy to support closure of IOSA findings related to elevated Recommended Practices, including additional guidance and/or training on areas identified.

IATA offers many safety-related training courses, including SMS for airlines. Here are some of our upcoming SMS courses:

Safety Management Systems (SMS) - Implementation and Control
Rome, Italy 27-29 April 2015

Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Airlines
Miami, United States 8-12 June 2015
Geneva, Switzerland 31 August–4 September 2015


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