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Performing a Safety Audit within an EASA Part CAMO Compliant Environment - Part 2
Presented by Steve Bentley – CEO of Sofema Aviation Services & SofemaOnline, 2/23/2021 - Please see Part 1 of this blog here

What Does EASA expect to take place in a Safety Review Board Meeting?

Both the Accountable Manager & Nominated Persons should participate in the SRB.

The SRB should provide a risk picture of the organisation. Up to a certain type/level of risk, the safety/operational managers should take actions without a decision of the SRB.

The Safety Review Board (SRB) provides the opportunity to gain a picture of risk awareness and see the effectiveness of the system at work.

- Major hazards which have been identified are discussed and safety risks are prioritised

- Any required mitigation measures are agreed (Accountable Manager arbitrates and takes final decisions)

- The implementation of actions and effectiveness of taken measures are monitored

(Note the combination of QA & SA – QA looks at the compliance with documented procedures & SA measures the effectiveness of implemented mitigations)

- Safety performance is assessed against the safety policy and objectives

- To ensure that appropriate resources are allocated

- To also review Compliance Audit findings and to have oversight of corrective and preventive actions

What will EASA – NAA Inspectors expect to see during an Audit?

- Advance circulation of SRB papers and agenda – Means evidence of SMS Communications throughout the Organisation.

- Meeting Effectiveness – How long do they last and what output is generated – Note that regarding frequency and length of SRB meetings – It is Quality over Quantity (A 2-hour effective meeting is of more value than a 4-hour ineffective meeting)

- Who has participated in the meeting plus their accountability and authority?

- Standing agenda items (e.g. output from each of the monitoring processes) – How effective are these meetings and how is the value taken into account during performance monitoring?

- Minutes and actions, and their distributions

- Follow-up of previous actions

- EASA recommends Competent Authority Participation at Safety Review Board Meetings (If possible) – (This will be a measure of the effectiveness of NAA oversight)

Additional Notes Concerning Regulatory Authority

The CA should Inform the CAMO about the willingness to participate in SRB as an observer by clearly defining the attendance’s objectives and protocol. Access to safety-critical information during such meeting should not be used to raise findings against the organisation.

General Notes & Observations

- Green for everything will be seen as a red flag – an inappropriate (or not honest) risk analysis!

- For the risk to be closed down – shown as mitigated requires implementation & follow-up.

An Effective Safety Management System (SMS) can be considered as a game-changer where the organisation is able to

- Identify what are the risks

- Establish how these risks are mitigated and

- Determine if the mitigations are effective

Next Steps

Please see and for details of all available EASA Part CAMO related training courses – please email

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