Regulations for Monitoring SMS Effectiveness Are Vague
Effective monitoring of aviation safety management systems (SMS) by regulators and service providers is critical to the protection of:
- Environment; and
- Reputation of the aviation industry.
Civil aviation authorities (CAA) are required to provide oversight to ensure implementation of aviation SMS programs is performed properly and not merely an exercise to "check the box." Your CAA requires that you monitor the progress and continuous improvement of your aviation SMS program.
Regulations are never specific as to how you are supposed to conduct such monitoring. This has both advantages and disadvantages.