Continuous improvement in global aviation safety is fundamental to ensuring that air transport continues to play a major role in driving sustainable economic and social development around the world. The rapid growth of air traffic in recent years requires continuous safety oversight, at both State and regional levels, over current and emerging risks involved during aircraft operations.
As outlined in both the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP)ICAO, States and aviation stakeholders can anticipate and efficiently manage air traffic growth while proactively maintaining and/or increasing safety levels.


Aviation Safety,  as a core of ICAO’s strategic objectives, can be achieved through the effective implementation of targeted safety programmes to address safety and air navigation deficiencies.

ICAO provides assistance to Contracting States with safety-related deficiencies identified through the ICAO USOAP audits, particularly with priority given to those States with Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs), in order for them to timely implement their corrective action plans, and thus enable them to meet their obligations under the Chicago Convention and its Annexes. It also promotes regional cooperation amongst all Contracting States, through close partnerships with regional organizations and regional civil aviation bodies and in coordination with other concerned parties in civil aviation operations.


  • Standardization –  Establish objectives, priorities, performance indicators and measurable safety targets to address SSCs and safety-related deficiencies, in order to ensure a consistent implementation of international standards.
  • Support – Provide technical assistance on an on-going basis to strengthen the capacity of States, COSCAPs and RSOOs, and enhancing their capability to implement ICAO SARPs through the development, organization and coordination of relevant guidance material, seminars and workshops.
  • Collaboration – Foster coordination and cooperation between ICAO, RASGs, RSOOs and other organizations with aviation safety-related activities in order to reduce the burden on States caused by repetitive audits or inspections and to decrease the duplication of monitoring activities. For more information, see the SCAN website
  • Tailored Assistance Plans – Develop State-specific assistance Plans of Action to help some States to resolve safety deficiencies, while more focusing on State's capacity building. See the ICAO Plans of Action.
  • Sustainability – Enable the effective and sustainable operation of RSOOs by providing updated guidance material.
  • Regionalization – Strengthen safety oversight capabilities in the regions through facilitating the establishment of additional RSOOs, to include the development of generic tools and documentation. 
  • Partnership, Resources and Funding – Partner with Contracting States, industry and other aviation safety partners for coordinating and facilitating the provision of financial and technical assistance to States, regional and sub-regional aviation safety oversight bodies, including COSCAPs and RSOOs, in order to enhance safety and strengthen safety oversight capabilities. For more information, see Safe Fund website.
  • Information Exchange – Analyze relevant safety-critical information for determining effective means of providing assistance to States and sub-regional and regional safety and safety oversight bodies, including COSCAPs, RSOOs and RASGs.


For more information about RASGs and PIRGs, please visit the appropriate Regional Office websites


Please click here for more information on COSCAPs and RSOOs.












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