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SSP Factsheet: Planning and Conducting Surveillance Based on Risk Profiling and Performance Monitoring

The SM ICG developed three separate but related guidance documents to support both compliance-based and performance-based oversight methods. This factsheet describes each of these documents as well as an overview of the process for planning and conducting oversight based on risk profiling. Read more

Risk-Based and Performance-Based Oversight Guidance

This guidance defines the terms risk-based, compliance-based, and performance-based as applied to safety oversight. It discusses how to develop an organizational risk profile; how to analyze the results of the profile to support risk-based oversight planning; and how to update the profile based on feedback from oversight activities (such as audits and inspections). Read more

Safety Oversight Following the Implementation of SMS

This document provides guidance to assist competent authorities performing oversight and surveillance of P/SPs who have established SMSs where system componentry is not only “present” and “suitable,” but more specifically “operating” and “effective.” Read more

SM ICG Description

The Safety Management International Collaboration Group (SM ICG) was founded by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) and is a joint cooperation between many regulatory authorities for the purpose of promoting a common understanding of safety management and Safety Management System (SMS)/State Safety Program (SSP) principles and requirements, facilitating their implementation across the international aviation community.

The current core membership of the SM ICG includes the Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA) of Spain, the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) of Brazil, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Netherlands (CAA NL), the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAA NZ), the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong (CAD HK), the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia, the Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC) in France, the Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile (ENAC) in Italy, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) of Switzerland, the Dominican Republic Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC), the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (TRAFICOM), the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Organization, Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (UAE GCAA), and the Civil Aviation Authority of United Kingdom (UK CAA). Additionally, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an observer to this group.

Members of the SM ICG:

  • Collaborate on common SMS/SSP topics of interest
  • Share lessons learned
  • Encourage the progression of a harmonized SMS
  • Share products with the aviation community
  • Collaborate with international organizations such as ICAO and civil aviation authorities that have implemented or are implementing SSP/SMS


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SM ICG Products

All SM ICG products are accessible from the navigation menu to the right. The SM ICG welcomes feedback on its products. For further information regarding the SM ICG or to provide feedback, please contact Bernard BourdonEugene Huang, or Andrew Larsen.


Points of Contact (POCs)

Eugene Huang Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Aviation Safety +1 202-267-7577 Eugene Huang
Neverton Novais National Civil Aviation Agency - Brazil (ANAC) +55 61 3314 4606 Neverton Novais
Andrew Larsen Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) +1 613 993-9158 Andrew Larsen
Charles Galea Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia +07 3144 7487 Charles Galea
Bernard Bourdon European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) +49 221 89990 2022 Bernard Bourdon
Aila Järveläinen Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (TRAFICOM) +359 29 534 6042 Aila Järveläinen

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