3. State safety assurance
Safety oversight based on a SMS approach is underpinned by a philosophy of mutual responsibility and accountability, rather than a more prescriptive approach aimed exclusively at regulatory compliance. This increases the responsibility on service providers who have day-to-day control over the maintenance of a safe operating environment, to focus on safety throughout the organisation's structures, policies and procedures.
However Government aviation agencies retain a critical role in maintaining quality assurance of the broader safety system. This includes safety oversight and auditing as well as data collection, analysis and exchange.