Aviation Security Policy Section


The Aviation Security Policy (ASP) Section of the Aviation Security and Facilitation Branch is responsible for the development of new and amended Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for the security of international air transport. This is promulgated in the technical annex to the Chicago Convention, specifically Annex 17 — Aviation Security.


Among other things, the ASP Section manages its programmes by:
  • developing and updating Annex 17 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (also known as the Chicago Convention);
  • managing and overseeing the work programme of the Aviation Security (AVSEC) Panel as well as its  working groups;
  • updating and maintaining the ICAO Aviation Security Manual (Doc 8973 — Restricted);
  • maintaining the Technical Annex to the Convention on the Marking of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection;
  • providing support to the International Explosives Technical Commission (IETC);
  • promoting implementation of security-related SARPs; and
  • providing support to various governing entities at ICAO, in particular the Assembly, Council and Aviation Security Committee (ASC).
The ASP Section is also responsible for fostering cooperation on security matters with other United Nations agencies and international bodies. Among the many entities with which the ASP Section coordinates its work are the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED), UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI).
For more information, please contact the Aviation Security Policy (ASP) Section.
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