Aerospace Associations Announce Safety Management System (SMS) Industry Standard

  • October 3, 2018

Brussels, October 3, 2018 - The world’s leading aerospace designers, manufacturers and maintenance providers today announced publication of a new international industry standard to improve safety performance and enhance safety culture: “Implementing a Safety Management System for Design, Manufacturing and Maintenance Providers.” 

The AeroSpace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD), Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA), Aerospace Industries Association of Brazil (AIAB), the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) spent two years developing the standard, which will enable the global aviation industry to implement a Safety Management System (SMS) through the global supply chain, consistent with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Annex 19 "Safety Management" standards and recommended practices. 

SMS is a decision-making system based on proactively identifying, assessing and controlling hazards and safety risks before they result in accidents and incidents, and analyzing performance data for continuous improvement. The associations that developed the standard have also established a steering committee to oversee and support the standard, including working with the broader stakeholder community to ensure that future revisions are effective.

“The global industry SMS Standard is an important tool to ensure consistent safety management systems across the global aeronautical industry which has supply chains that cross national borders. Industry collaboration has ensured a standard that fulfils the need of the global safety regulators and as such is a good example where industry standards can contribute to a performance-based safety regulatory regime” stated Vincent De Vroey, Civil Aviation Director at the Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD).

The standard is available free-of-charge on the websites of the five sponsoring aerospace manufacturing associations. View it on