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Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP)


The ultimate goal of the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP), launched in January 1999 in response to widespread concerns about the adequacy of aviation safety oversight around the world, is to promote global aviation safety through the regular auditing of safety oversight systems in all ICAO Contracting States. Specifically, the USOAP audits focus on the State's capability for providing safety oversight by assessing whether the critical elements of a safety oversight system have been implemented effectively. The audit teams also determine the State's level of implementation of safety-relevant ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), associated procedures, guidance material and practices.

Statistics highlight the fact that effective implementation of certain critical elements of a safety oversight system and other ICAO provisions is critical to aviation safety. Programmes such as USOAP help ensure that States fully and consistently implement the critical elements of an oversight system as well as safety-related SARPs and procedures.

The mandatory programme entails some 40 safety oversight audits annually, with each ICAO member State required to host an audit at least once every six years. The second cycle of USOAP audits commenced in January 2005 and will continue until December 2010.

Safety oversight audit reports and other safety-related information are available at the ICAO Flight Safety Information Exchange (FSIX) website.

For more information please contact:

Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP)
Safety Oversight Audit (SOA) Section
Telephone: +1 514-954-6751
Fax: +1 514-954-8200