Changing to safety outcome-based regulations
A safety outcome-based regulation system involves 3 levels:
- Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC)
- Guidance Material (GM)
Brief regulations that express the high-level safety outcomes sought.
The regulations allow for an outcome to be reached via multiple or various pathways, whilst still maintaining an acceptable safety case.
147.130 Training Procedures and Quality System
(1) The organisation must establish procedures to ensure proper training standards, an attendance system, competency assessment and compliance with this Part.
Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC)
Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) set out acceptable methods of demonstrating compliance with specific regulations. If an industry applicant follows the relevant AMCs the applicant is assured of satisfying the associated regulatory requirements and the Authority is obliged to issue the requested authorisation.
AMC 147.130 (1)
Either of the following options would be an acceptable means of compliance:
- An acceptable means of compliance with this requirement would include a description of the system adopted by the organisation to assess the student against the requirements for knowledge and practical ability at each stage of the training.
- An acceptable means of compliance with this requirement, for an organisation undertaking nationally accredited training, would be the use of the AQTF assessment standards.
Under EASA, an organisation provides an exposition to the authority detailing how the organisation shall conduct operations. Once the exposition is approved the authority conducts surveillance ensuring the organisation operates in accordance with the exposition.
Guidance Material (GM)
Guidance Material that provides suggestions, explanations and amplification of a regulation's policy intention, rather than strict means of compliance with a regulation.
GM 147.130 (1)
The primary objective of the quality system is to enable the training organisation to satisfy itself that it can deliver properly trained students and that the organisation remains in compliance with Part 147.