The European Union Aviation Safety Agency published guidance on the Acceptable Level of Safety Performance (ALoSP), Safety Performance Management and Safety Assurance.
ICAO Annex 19 requires the ICAO contracting states to establish the acceptable level of safety performance (ALoSP) to be achieved through their aviation State Safety Programmes (SSP). This ALoSP can be achieved through the implementation and maintenance of the SSP as well as safety performance indicators and targets showing that safety is effectively managed.
States that have embarked on the SSP implementation have encountered challenges with implementing ALoSP. In addition, in Europe, the context must consider the overall objectives set out in the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) stemming from Regulation (EU) 1139/2018, which focuses on a level of safety performance to be achieved at Union level.
This paper thus provides guidelines on the (acceptable) level of safety performance and its implementation at national level within the European context. It primarily addresses the Member States, but it further elaborates on the relationship between the State and the Organisations, to collaboratively achieve defined safety objectives. Greater clarity on the concept of Safety Performance management (SPM) and Safety Assurance is given, particularly on how it should be implemented in practice at State and Industry level.
At the end of each chapter of the document, the reader can find some key messages to consider for the establishment and maintenance of the ALoSP, SPM and Safety Assurance, as well as for the oversight in a performance-based environment.