Guidance Material

​Guidance material on safety management principles and concepts, State Safety Programme (SSP) and Safety Management System implementation are contained in the ICAO Safety Management Manual (SMM)-Doc 9859.


An advanced version of the SMM, 4th edition will be published in English on ICAO-NET by the end of year 2017.


Third Edition, Doc 9859, was published on 8 May 2013*:


• Restructured according to the SSP and SMS Frameworks, as in Annex 19;
• Detailed guidance and tools for SSP and SMS implementation.


Presentation introducing highlights for third edition of Doc 9859 can be downloaded here.


Further comprehensive guidance information to support the development of safety oversight can be found in the ICAO Safety Oversight Manual (Doc 9734) Part A and Part B. Part A explains the Establishment and Management of A State's Safety Oversight System, and Part B introduces the Establishment and Management of A Regional Safety Oversight System.


In addition, further sector specific safety management guidance material can be found in ICAO manuals** supporting the following Annexes: Annex 1 — Personnel Licensing;  Annex 6 — Operation of Aircraft, Part I — International Commercial Air Transport — Aeroplanes, Part II — International General Aviation —Aeroplanes and Part III — International Operations — Helicopters; Annex 8 — Airworthiness of Aircraft;  Annex 11 — Air Traffic Services;  Annex 13 — Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation; and  Annex 14 —Aerodromes, Volume I — Aerodrome Design and Operations.


*To access ICAO-NET or to buy ICAO Documents, please follow the Instructions here.


** These manuals will be updated as necessary to harmonize the terminology used in the SMM and  Annex 19.  


The High-level Safety Conference (HLSC) held in Montréal in 2015 recommended that ICAO develop guidance and mechanisms for sharing best practices to support SSP implementation. The fourth edition of the Safety Management Manual (SMM) (Doc 9859) will be published in July 2017 and will be complemented by a website with examples, tools, and a repository of best practices collected from States, service providers and international organizations.


Presentation on the introduction of the Safety Management SARPs can be downloaded here.

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