Safety Oversight: Managing Safety in a Performance Based Regulatory Environment

Effective safety management, both by states and approved organisations, is the recognised way forward in performing safety oversight. However this is a significant challenge for all stakeholders in aviation, particularly due to the increasing complexity of the industry and the tight financial times we find ourselves in.

To achieve the highest possible level of safety requires the industry to focus on safety performance in addition to complying with the relevant regulatory frameworks. This performance based approach will need to be reflected in the way competent authorities discharge their obligations and will naturally affect service providers as well.

There are many benefits to be gained from a performance based approach, because it enables organisations to better understand the potential risks they face and be better informed about the implications of those risks in their daily business. Similarly, authorities benefit of more effective targeting of their oversight, as well as improvements in efficiency and productivity.

The general objective of this year’s EASA safety conference 'Safety Oversight: Managing Safety in a Performance Based Regulatory Environment' is to facilitate an exchange of opinions, and ideas and experiences on how safety oversight can best be managed in a performance based regulatory environment.

Further, the conference will explore some of the many challenges and difficulties which could jeopardise the transition to a performance based regulatory oversight system, such as:

  • How to ensure the availability of relevant safety information;
  • How to evaluate and use relevant safety information in order to take the right decisions in the safety management process;
  • How to adjust oversight procedures, adequately train inspectors and provide them with the necessary tools to perform their tasks effectively.
  • How to measure safety culture and integrate it into existing oversight processes;

Experiences and initiatives by industry and regulators to develop different practical approaches for inspection, assessment and oversight of these aspects will also be presented.

The conference may not provide answers to all issues, but it will bring all participants abreast with the latest developments in the different parts of the aviation world and give indication on the way ahead. The Safety Conference will be hosted by EASA in Cologne from Wednesday 10th to Thursday 11th October 2012 and will include contributions from highly knowledgeable aviation safety specialists from EASA, International Organisations, National Aviation Authorities from all over the world, as well as from industry representatives.

The invitation letter is now available!

Presentations - Day 1

Presentations - Day 2

Conference Conclusion and Closing Speech


Registration closed!

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Cancellations and Refund Policy

Substitutions can be made until 01 October 2012. Please notify us as soon as possible at Cancellations can only be made in writing on fax number +49 221 89990 2705. Cancellation of an accepted registration may be made up to 21 September 2012 and will incur a 25% non-refundable administrative fee per cancelled registration. Refunds of fees will be made after 30 November 2012. Delegates who request a cancellation on or after 21 September 2012 or delegates who fail to attend without prior notice are liable for the full attendance fee. The attendance fee will not be prorated should delegates not attend the entire conference. All queries should be addressed to:


Participants need to take care of their accommodation and travel arrangements themselves. EASA is not able to cover for neither of them. The Maritim Hotel provides a limited number of rooms for the participants from 10 to 11 October 2012. The classic single room can be booked for €146,18 including VAT, breakfast and city tax. The room can be booked directly through the hotel under the phone number +49 221 2027 849 or per email: under the promotional code ‘EASA’. Alternatively participants to the workshop can make use of other EASA corporate rates at hotels in Cologne. Preferential rates are available via the booking platform ehotel.

Contacts & Links

For additional information related to this event, please contact

Programme Committee

Gian Andrea Bandieri (chair)
Standardisation Team Leader

Location of the Workshop:

Maritim Hotel Cologne
Heumarkt 20
50667 Köln
Tel: 0049 221 2027-0
Fax: 0049 221 2027-826