The international industry Standard for Implementing a Safety Management System (SMS)

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The international industry Standard for Implementing a Safety Management System (SMS) for Design, Manufacturing and Maintenance Providers has been developed within a joint working group, made up of association members from the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA-USA), Aerospace Industries Association of Brazil (AIA-B), Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIA-C) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). 

The Standard was developed to enable the aviation industry to implement a Safety Management System (SMS) consistent with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Annex 19 "Safety Management" edition 2, appendix 2, to the convention on International Civil Aviation. It is intended to support demonstration of compliance with applicable SMS requirements from Aviation Authorities or for voluntary SMS implementation.

The Standard provides detailed guidance for compliance with SMS requirements, guidelines for interfaces management; including sharing of safety related information, between organizations with SMS obligations, such as: design, manufacturing, maintenance but also continuing airworthiness management, training organizations and operators and also the relevant Aviation Authorities. The Standard can be implemented on a voluntary basis by organizations not required by applicable regulation to implement an SMS. 

Although this Standard addresses implementation of the SMS elements within organizations responsible for aircraft, parts and appliance design, manufacturing and maintenance,  it can also be used by organizations responsible for aircraft continuing airworthiness management, commercial or non-commercial (private) standard operations, training of crew and/or maintenance certifying staff, air traffic services, certified aerodrome as a baseline to implement an SMS, when acceptable to the relevant Aviation Authority.

Standard Governance: Maintenance and oversight of the Standard will be the responsibility of the International SMS Standard Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee will direct and supervise the maintenance, amendments and publication of the document.  Each Association will make available to its members free copies of the Standard and ensure that their members are made aware of and agree to any future changes to the Standard.  The regulatory authorities from the four Certificate Management Team (CMT) states have agreed to participate as observers and will endeavour to utilize the Standard as much as possible in their regulatory development and encourage other ICAO member states to accept the Standard as a means of compliance with ICAO Annex 19, Appendix 2.


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