The second cycle of the USAP was launched in January 2008 and is on course to be completed by the end of 2013. Recognizing the need to determine the future nature and direction of the USAP, the ICAO Council, during its 187th Session (C-DEC 187/8), directed the Secretary General to undertake a study to assess the feasibility of applying a Continuous Monitoring Approach (CMA) to the USAP after the conclusion of the current audit cycle in 2013. Any application of a CMA approach to security audits would need to take into consideration the principle of confidentiality and the appropriate level of transparency associated with data collection and reporting under the USAP.


Proposals will be made to the ICAO Council in the coming Sessions regarding the transition of the USAP to a CMA.