SARPs - Standards and Recommended Practices

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The safety management SARPs are intended to assist States in managing aviation safety risks, in coordination with their Service Providers. Given the increasing complexity of the global air transportation system and its interrelated aviation activities required to assure the safe operation of aircraft, the safety management provisions  support the continued evolution of a proactive strategy to improve safety performance. The foundation of this proactive safety strategy is based on the implementation of a State safety programme (SSP) that systematically addresses safety risks, in agreement with the implementation of the safety management systems (SMS) by the service providers.

The safety management Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) are contained in the following Annexes: 
Annex 1 Personnel LicensingAnnex 6 — Operation of Aircraft, Part I — International Commercial Air Transport — Aeroplanes, Annex 6 Part II International General Aviation —Aeroplanes and Annex 6 Part III International Operations — Helicopters; Annex 8Airworthiness of AircraftAnnex 11 Air Traffic ServicesAnnex 13 Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation; and  Annex 14 Aerodromes, Volume I — Aerodrome Design and Operations.

The overarching safety management provisions of the above Annexes have been transferred into new Annex 19. However, sector specific safety management provisions remain in their specific Annexes. The newly third edition of the SMM – Safety Management Manual (Doc 9859) further supports Annex 19. In addition, further sector specific safety management guidance material can be found in ICAO manuals* supporting each Annex above mentioned.
Annex 19, 1st edition has been sent to all ICAO Member States through State Letter 8/3 13/30 on 8 April 2013 and becomes applicable on 14 November 2013 . However, independently of this applicability date, the SARPS as developed  in their  original Annexes retain their original applicability, dating from 2001 onwards.
The mapping of the safety management provisions from the existing Annexes to Annex 19, 1st edition, are described here (Attachment D to SL 13/30) pdf.jpg.
Further information regarding Annex 19 and its implementation such as electronic filing of differences (EFOD), ICAO universal safety oversight audit programme (USOAP) etc. are contained here (Attachment E to SL 13/30) pdf.jpg.
Annex 19 will be available soon on the ICAO-net and for distribution on 16 August 2013. To access ICAO-NET or to buy ICAO Documents, please follow the Instructions here.
An executive summary  of Annex 19, 1st. Edition is available here.
detailed presentation on Annex 19, 1st. Edition can be found on the Communication and Promotion page (click here to access the page).
* These manuals will be updated as necessary to harmonize the terminology used in Annex 19 and  the SMM. 
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