What Is Safety Assurance for FAA
Safety Assurance is designed to ensure that aviation service providers have the ability to manage safety risks effectively using a structured, prescribed approach to managing identified safety concerns.
The purpose of aviation safety management systems (SMS) is to provide operators with a "systematic approach to managing safety. Yet there are no standards that every operator must follow, as the range of aviation industry segments is vast, just as the size and complexity of the thousands of service providers around the world. Even if there were a standardized, one-size-fits-all aviation SMS model, aviation regulatory authorities would still need to provide oversight to ensure that operators were following the prescribed "model SMS."