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Support Consistent Implementation of SMS

The implementation of the various elements of SMS have been ongoing for over 10 years now, and 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 Safety Management related activities are focused on practical applications of Safety Management principles as well as enablers of an effective system, all with the purpose to drive effective implementation and use of Safety Management in the aviation Industry.


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In detail, some of the focus areas supporting the above include:

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

IATA continues to promote the importance of Safety Culture as a primary enabler of effective Safety Management. In a practical sense, all of the elements of a Safety Management System can be in place, but if people are not using or following them, the efforts are futile. The next logical step for effective implementation is to focus on the culture.

IATA has developed and launched the "I-ASC" (IATA Aviation Safety Culture) survey, specifically designed for the aviation industry. I-ASC results provide insight into the daily challenges and perceived risk areas of front line and management employees, thus helping organizations identify specific areas of improvement and hazards, ultimately contributing to improvements 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 continues to be an active participant on the ICAO Safety Management Panel and was involved in the drafting ICAO Annex 19, Safety Management, as well as the First Amendment to this Annex, which becomes applicable 7 November 2019. The current workplan includes populating the ICAO Safety Management Implementation (SMI) Website that provides examples, tools and supporting educational material on an informational basis, for all Service Providers. 

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

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