ICAO's Annex 19 – Safety Management

The value of safety in the aviation community has manifested itself in the form of a new annex published by ICAO. Annex 19, Safety Management became effective on November 14, 2013, some 30 years after Annex 18 was issued.




The value of safety in the aviation community has manifested itself in the form of a new annex published by ICAO. Annex 19, Safety Management became effective on November 14, 2013, some 30 years after Annex 18 was issued.

With air traffic projected to double in the next 15 years, safety risks must be addressed proactively to ensure that this significant capacity expansion is carefully managed and supported through strategic regulatory and infrastructure developments.

Annex 19 reinforces the role played by States in managing aviation safety, stressing the concept of overall safety performance in all domains in coordination with service providers.

The first Edition consolidated the existing and overarching SARPS, previously contained in six different Annexes, into a single Annex:

  • Annex 1 – Personnel licensing
  • Annex 6 – Operation of aircraft
  • Annex 8 – Airworthiness of Aircraft
  • Annex 11 – Air Traffic Services
  • Annex 13 – Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation
  • Annex 14 – Aerodromes

Contents of the new annex include the following:

  • State safety management responsibilities
  • Safety management system (SMS)
  • Safety data collection, analysis and exchange
  • State safety oversight system
  • Framework for a safety management system (SMS)
  • Framework for a State safety programme (SSP)
  • Legal guidance for the protection of information from safety data collection and processing systems

As can be discerned from the contents, the Annex caters to Civil Aviation Authorities and Service Providers, working together with the same thought, under the same safety culture, in the same cause.




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