The Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) launched a Part 21/Safety Management System (SMS) Rulemaking Project in September 2014. This effort is being led by the Aircraft Engineering Division's System Performance and Development Branch (AIR-150). The Part 21/SMS Rulemaking project is being promulgated to incorporate the ICAO Annex 19 requirement, which requires that design and production approval holders, for a product, have an SMS. AIR has taken the feedback received through the Manufacturers SMS (MSMS) Pilot Project and the Part 21/SMS Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to help develop the rulemaking package. The NPRM is expected to be released in fiscal year 2018.

In addition to the Part 21/SMS Rulemaking Project, an industry standard has been developed by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) to assist design and manufacturing organizations to voluntarily implement an SMS. The FAA has recognized this standard as meeting the intent of Annex 19 and 14 CFR Part 5 and is establishing a Voluntary SMS Program that will allow the FAA to assess applicant voluntary SMS programs in accordance with the Standard or 14 CFR Part 5.

For additional information contact:
Mike Reinert
System Performance and Development Branch
(405) 954-4815