ECAC AVIATION SECURITY AUDIT PROGRAMME

 

The primary objective of the ECAC Aviation Security Audit Programme is to assess the implementation of Doc 30 Recommendations in ECAC Member States.

As a more global objective, these audits contribute to more effective implementation of international standards by ECAC Member States and to the harmonisation of security measures among these States. Furthermore, the creation of a common security area can only be achieved by the full implementation of Doc 30 Recommendations by all Member States. Participation in the ECAC Aviation Security Audit Programme (hereinafter "the Programme") facilitates the development of one-stop security arrangements between all ECAC Member States.

The objectives of the Programme are as follows:

    •    To assess the implementation of Doc 30 Recommendations;

    •    To identify areas of needed improvement and provide Appropriate Authorities with advice and technical expertise;

    •    To provide Member States with capacity building activities to meet Doc 30 Recommendations; 

    •    To facilitate the development of one stop security arrangements.

ECAC aviation security audits are conducted based on an approved Audit Methodology.

Participation in the Audit Programme is entirely voluntary and starts with a Memorandum of Understanding between ECAC and each participating State. The audits are based on interviews, the review of documentation and thorough on-site observations. In accordance with the recent changes to ECAC Audit Methodology, the Member States can decide to be subject to either a comprehensive audit covering all Doc 30 Recommendations or a thematic audit focusing on a particular area of aviation security.

The audit team provides an interim report to the Appropriate Authority on the last day of the audit and a final report with relevant details 60 days later. Initial and follow-up audits are conducted and States provide Action Plans to address deficiencies identified. Recently, a new type of aviation security audit has been introduced with a focus on the assessment of the aviation security oversight system in Member States. Its main objective is to verify whether the existing national legislation and procedures allow Member States to perform efficiently their oversight functions in the field of aviation security.

Programme statistics since its inception:

•     161 audits conducted in 43 Member States;

•     162 auditors trained during 31 training and certification sessions;

•     40 certified auditors currently active; and

•     14 annual auditors meetings organised.

 

Auditor Training and Certification

ECAC auditors are certified to assure Member States of their knowledge and expertise. The pass mark to be achieved from five different competency tests is 70%. Member States nominate individuals to participate, and cover their costs when they are released to conduct audits. Additionally, the auditors meet annually to ensure continuous professional development and to review performance. These principles ensure the Programme's quality, transparency and independence, to the benefit of Member States.

ECAC Auditor Training and Certification lasts for seven days and includes oral and written tests. Candidates are assessed on their theoretical and practical knowledge of aviation security and competency in performing as an auditor within an international context.

Member States are invited to provide the ECAC Secretariat with nominations to participate in the ECAC Aviation Security Training and Certification all year-round, by using the form here.

The training and certification sessions are usually organised in July each year. Candidates' background and knowledge on aviation security measures are subject to verification by the ECAC Aviation Security Audit and Capacity Building Officer prior to the course. Only candidates demonstrating a good level of English and a high level of aviation security expertise will be accepted on the course.

 

Certified ECAC Auditors

The ECAC Aviation Security Auditors Handbook has been created to assist certified ECAC auditors in the preparation and conduct of an audit.  The Handbook includes all documents that relate to the audit process, such as methodology of an audit, the Auditors Aide and templates to assist with the reporting of audit findings.

ECAC certified auditors meet annually to exchange their experience, continuous professional development and to review the latest developments in the ECAC Work Programme in the field of aviation security. 

 

The responsibility for the management and implementation of this Programme within the ECAC Secretariat lies with the Audit and Capacity Building Officer, Adam Borkowski.