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DOT/FAA RIN: 2120-AJ86 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: +Safety Management Systems for Part 121 Certificate Holders 
Abstract: This rulemaking would require each certificate holder operating under 14 CFR part 121 to develop and implement a safety management system (SMS) to improve the safety of its aviation related activities. A safety management system is a comprehensive, process-oriented approach to managing safety throughout an organization. An SMS includes an organization-wide safety policy; formal methods for identifying hazards, controlling, and continually assessing risk and safety performance; and promotion of a safety culture. SMS stresses not only compliance with technical standards but increased emphasis on the overall safety performance of the organization. This rulemaking is required under Public Law 111-216, section 215. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 5 
Legal Authority: 49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 41706; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44716; 49 USC 44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 46105; PL 111-216, sec. 215 
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Final Rule  07/30/2012 
NPRM  Statutory  NPRM  10/29/2010 

Overall Description of Deadline: Congress passed Public Law 111-216 that instructs FAA to conduct a rulemaking to require all part 121 air carriers to implement a Safety Management System (SMS). This Act further states that the FAA shall consider at a minimum each of the following as part of the SMS rulemaking: (1) An Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP); (2) a Flight Operations Quality Assurance Program (FOQA); (3) a Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA); and (4) an Advance Qualifications Program.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/05/2010  75 FR 68224 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  01/31/2011  76 FR 5296 
NPRM Comment Period End  02/03/2011   
Comment Period Extended  03/07/2011   
Final Rule  07/00/2014   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Split from 2120-AJ15 
Agency Contact:
Scott VanBuren
Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Ave., SW,
Washington, DC 20591

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