SMS Performance Auditing for Industry & Regulators ICAO Annex 19 and EASA Part OPS – 2 Days


A State‘s acceptable level of safety performance (ALoSP) also expresses the minimum safety objectives acceptable to the oversight authority to be achieved by the aggregate service providers under its authority.
This 2-day training considers the methods of auditing the effectiveness of the industry performance-based SMS systems, considering the differences in delivering compliance-driven Quality Assurance audits and Safety Assurance performance audits.

What is the Benefit of this Training – What will I learn?

The course helps participants understand the regulatory requirements for safety management systems (SMS) as per ICAO Annex 19 and EASA Part OPS. They will learn about the key elements of an SMS, the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders, and the importance of SMS performance auditing.
It will help participants develop their auditing skills, enabling them to effectively evaluate the performance of SMS within their organization or as regulators. Participants will learn how to plan and conduct SMS audits, identify areas for improvement, and prepare audit reports.
Provides a comprehensive understanding of SMS performance auditing and its importance for maintaining a safe and efficient aviation system.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for both beginners and experienced professionals who want to develop their knowledge and skills in SMS performance auditing as per ICAO Annex 19 and EASA Part OPS. It is also appropriate for those seeking to refresh their understanding of SMS auditing and regulatory requirements.

Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed

-Definitions and Abbreviations
-Review of Regulatory Obligations
-How We Measure and Categorize Risk
-Considering Aviation Safety System Performance Indicators
-SMS Performance Auditing Objectives
-The Difference between Compliance and Performance
-The Difference between Quality Assurance and Safety Assurance
-Audit Processes How to be Effective
-Delivering Performance Audits
-Practical Safety Auditing Techniques
-Auditing the organization’s Communication Tools
-Identifying Safety Hazards & Auditing the Process
-Practical Understanding of the Role of Root Cause
-Identification of Root Cause
-Managing Root Cause Processes including Analysis
-Aviation SMS Consider the “Why” Together with The Organisational Factors Involved
-The Role of Checklists
-Reviewing Safety Policies and Objectives within an Evidence-Based Environment
-How to Evaluate the Organization’s Data Capture and Data Analysis Processes
-The Responsibility of the Business Area Owner to Consider Mitigation Proposals and to take the Appropriate Actions

Target Groups

This course is beneficial for Regulators, members of Government Bodies, and other interested parties and stakeholders who require to have a deep understanding of the methods of Implementing and managing a State Safety Program.


Previous SMS experience or training is desirable but not essential.

Learning Objectives

To consider the general differences between Quality and Safety Auditing.
To focus on the most effective processes for Measuring Performance Audits.
To ensure all the fundamental elements are included and we consider effective ways of using Performance audits and Safety Audits.

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2 days – Start at 09.00 and finish at 17.00, with appropriate refreshment breaks.

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