Operational Safety Assurance (ICAO SMS Phase 4)
Aviation safety assurance activities include formal and systematic processes for continuous monitoring and documentation of organizational safety performance. Safety assurance activities also include regular evaluation of safety management policies and procedures.
One effective means of demonstrating continuous improvement in an effective SMS program is through the regular use of gap analysis activities. When aviation companies have an easy tool to chart and graph organizational progress from a routine gap analysis, aviation service providers can incrementally improve safety operations. The gap analysis tool is especially effective when integrated into aviation safety risk management processes.
For civil aviation regulatory authorities, safety assurance activities remains the ultimate means for demonstrating organizational regulatory compliance and showing that effective safety processes are properly implemented and continue to achieve their intended objectives.