IATA Shifts Safety Compliance to Airlines

 - December 23, 2013, 2:40 PM

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is partly shifting responsibility for compliance with its operational safety audits (IOSA) to airlines themselves under the new enhanced version of the program (E-IOSA). According to Giancarlo Buono, IATA’s regional director for safety and flight operations in Europe, the E-IOSA process will require operators to continuously monitor their own compliance with the IOSA standards, but IATA itself will still conduct the current biennial “snapshot” audits. E-IOSA becomes mandatory for all IATA members in September 2015. The IOSA Standards and Recommended Practices (Isarps) comprise more than 900 items that contribute to airline operational safety in the areas of organization and management, flight operations, operational control and flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin, ground handling and cargo operations, and security.