It is now globally accepted that the external aviation safety audit is a critical component of an organisation’s Quality and Safety Management responsibility. As part of the continuous improvement cycle, audits are an essential instrument to identify and implement potential improvements.

It is also common knowledge that ISO 9001:2015 is the global leader in quality control methodology that is best suited to establishing an effective Quality Management System; therefore, it stands to reason that the auditing company (the Auditor) should be ISO 9001:2015 Certified and all auditors should be external aviation auditor certified under an approved ISO 9001:2015 Certifying authority.

The Flight Safety Group has subjected this to in-depth legal review and the final report received has confirmed the validity of this approach.

The hierarchical setup within the organisation is critical - the core Key Personnel member responsible is the CEO or Accountable Manager, this applies not only to aviation but all Company structures.

A common misnomer is that the CEO/Accountable Manager is under the misguided impression that Quality and Safety can be delegated – it can be delegated, but Accountability remains with the one single individual CEO/Accountable Manager irrespective of the size of the organisation.

This is described below as an integral function of Flight Safety’s involvement in Accident Investigations and Accident Investigation Training utilising the Tripod Analysis and HFACS/HFIX (Human Factors Analysis and Classification System/Human Factors Intervention matriX) technique.

Reference ICAO Doc 9859: