Aviation Safety Policy and Standards

The Aviation Safety Policy and Standards Directorate is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the state safety program (SSP) to enhance aviation safety in Ethiopia based on ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). This includes planning, organization, administration, development, implementation, maintenance, control and continuous improvement of the state safety program (SSP) in a manner that meets the State’s Safety objectives. It is also responsible for Coordinating as appropriate the activities of the various state aviation organizations encompassed under the SSP.


  • Establish the State Safety Program (SSP) implementation team, and continuously monitor how they are discharging their SSP responsibilities in relation to their department.
  • Develop requirements and specific operational policies that enhance Safety Management Implementation.
  • Manages the SSP implementation on behalf of the Accountable-Executive (Minister of Transport)
  • Provides periodic reports on safety performance to the DG-ECAA and Ministry of Transport.
  • Advise the Accountable-Executive (Minister of Transport), Director General-ECAA and Senior Management on matters relating to Safety.
  • Ensure that all levels of management are accountable for ensuring the highest level of safety performance within the ECAA.
  • Ensure that sufficient resources are allocated, and personnel have the proper skills and training for discharging their safety responsibilities.
  • Ensure that the SMS implementation requirements are fully implemented by stakeholders.
  • Ensure that facilities, financial and human resources are adequate for establishment, implementation, and maintenance of the SSP.
  • Promote the effective implementation of the requirements of the SSP/SMS in the service providers.
  • Support Surveillance and Resolution of issues relating to the SMS. Formulate an over reaching strategy for the management of safety in the state;
  • Coordinate the processes executed by the different aviation organizations under the SSP;
  • Establish the controls that govern how the service provider’s Safety Management System operate;
  • Ensure that the operation of the service provider’s SMS follows established controls; and
  • Support the interaction between the SSP and the operation of the service provider’s SMS.
  • Have the ultimate responsibility for the implementation and maintenance of SSP.
  • Have Authority on human and financial resource for the implementation of the State Safety Program (SSP).
  • Have Authority over service providers’ certificate management aspects.
  • Have the responsibility for the co-ordination of the resolution of aviation safety issues under the SSP.
  • Ensure the establishment of an effective hazard identification, reporting, safety risk analysis and mitigation system.
  • Plans and organizes staff safety training, maintains safety documentation.
  • Ensure the SSP/SMS regulations, requirements and implementation policies are periodically reviewed and remain relevant and appropriate to the service providers.
  • Decide the acceptable level of safety (ALOS) with the respective regulators and Sign agreements on each service provider’s safety performance.
  • Monitor technological developments and best industry practices with a view to improving the states aviation system performance.
  • Promote safety through the dissemination of specific safety materials and conducting safety seminars.
  • Conduct analysis of safety trends, including accident/incident data and service difficulty reports

Important Information
Aviation Safety Policy and Standards
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