Risk-based IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) is an audit program developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to assess and manage operational risks in the aviation industry. It is designed to promote the highest standards of safety in airline operations.
The risk-based approach to IOSA involves identifying the highest priority safety risks and allocating resources to address them. This approach ensures that safety resources are targeted where they are most needed, rather than being spread evenly across all aspects of an airline’s operations.
Under risk-based IOSA, airlines are assessed based on their individual safety performance and risk profile. The audit covers a wide range of operational areas, including flight operations, cabin operations, ground operations, maintenance, and cargo operations. The audit is conducted by IATA-accredited auditors who evaluate the airline’s safety performance against the IOSA standards.
The risk-based IOSA approach allows airlines to proactively identify and mitigate safety risks, resulting in a safer operation and a reduced likelihood of accidents and incidents. It also promotes a culture of continuous safety improvement within the aviation industry.