Safety Management System
SMS for the Regulator
The FAA mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.
FAA Core Values
Safety is our passion. We're world leaders in aerospace safety. Integrity is our character. We do the right thing, even if no one is looking. People are our strength. We treat each other as we want to be treated. Quality is our trademark. We serve our country, our customers, and each other.
Although SMS is not regulatory at this time, the United States has chosen to pursue the rulemaking process, while gaining experience through voluntary implementation projects. ICAO requires the regulatory oversight entity (FAA) to have a State Safety Program (SSP), which is sometimes referred to as an internal SMS. Aviation Safety (AVS), has named their internal SMS, "AVSSMS." The FAA considers these foundational principles to be so important, that several years prior to the ICAO requirement, AVS began refining safety management approaches to gain the same benefits that SMS offers. Now that the ICAO SMS Requirements have been formalized, the FAA is engaged in an SMS rulemaking Process, with the Aviation Rulemaking Committee Charter, as codified in FAA Order 1110.152.
SMS provides a formal management framework that can serve as a valuable interface between regulator and service provider. The FAA began the move to system safety and then to SMS before the ICAO requirement, which exists because of growing realization around the world of the need to add this new approach to our safety strategy. The SMS Pilot Projects have evidenced a more effective working relationship between the regulator and aviation service providers, as the FAA has participated by providing guidance, experience and mentorship in SMS development.