ICAO Safety Management Manual

The fourth edition of the ICAO Safety Management Manual (Doc 9859) is intended to support States in implementing effective State safety programmes (SSP). This includes ensuring that service providers implement safety management systems (SMS) in accordance with the provisions of Annex 19. 


The fourth edition is divided into nine chapters that are intended to progressively build the reader’s understanding of the fundamental principles underpinning safety management. Chapters are grouped into three themes:

  • Safety management fundamentals – Chapters 1 to 3 build the reader’s understanding of the fundamental principles
  • Developing safety intelligence – Chapters 4 to 7 build on the fundamentals and comprise interrelated topics about leveraging safety data and safety information to develop actionable insights to make data-driven decisions.
  • Safety management implementation – Chapters 8 and 9 explain how to apply the concepts from the preceding chapters to institutionalize safety management at the State and service provider level.

Guidance to support sector-specific safety management SARPs found outside of Annex 19 is not addressed in this manual.

AviAssist offers an excellent introduction course into Safety Management at the AviAssist Safety Promotion Centre in Rwanda on a regular basis. Please contact us for more information on planning and booking.

More information about safety management can be found on the relevant ICAO webpage and on Skybrary.