Strategic Objective — Security and Facilitation — Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP)

Promoting Increased Efficiency and Effectiveness of Security Measures

AVSEC World Conference


Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP)

Aviation Security and Facilitation Assistance and Capacity-Building

Developments pertaining to Annex 9 - Facilitation

Developments pertaining to the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP)

Developments pertaining to the ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD)

Cooperation with other United Nations Bodies and International Organizations

Monitoring and Assistance Review Board (MARB)

Technical Cooperation and Assistance Projects (TCB)



Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP)


The Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP) Continuous Monitoring Approach (CMA) was launched in January. A total of 24 USAP-CMA on-site and documentation-based audits were conducted in 2015, as was one validation mission. A total of 26 States have now been audited under the USAP-CMA.


In addition to conducting audits, the second USAP assessment of the European Commission (EC) civil aviation security inspection system took place from 2-5 February. It was undertaken in order to assess the Standards of Annex 17 to the Chicago Convention that are directly addressed by European Union (EU) legislation and oversight activities. Furthermore, a USAP auditor participated in an airport inspection conducted by an EC inspection team.


Over the course of 2015, two USAP Auditor training and certification/recertification courses were conducted, in Paris and Montréal, during which 22 auditors were certified/recertified, and with the objective of ensuring that the USAP has access to a sufficient number of trained and certified auditors to carry out its programme of activities. A total of 145 auditors are currently certified. In order to familiarize States with the USAP-CMA process and methodology, as well as with the various types of audit and monitoring activities, two USAP-CMA seminar-workshops were also conducted. They took place in Cairo and Lima and were attended by 64 participants from 25 States.


Over the course of 2015, four Significant Security Concerns (SSeCs) were identified in one State. There are now ten unresolved SSeCs in four States posted on the USAP secure website.

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