SMS Made Accessible


The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted the Annex 19 in 2013 and made the Safety Management System (SMS) mandatory for all contracting states from 2014. The Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) in this Annex are intended to assist States in managing aviation safety risks.

Since then, international and national authorities have issued rules and regulations to implement such systems for all stake holders and organisations involved in aircraft design, production, maintenance, operation and training.

Naturally, SMS was first implemented in aircraft operations. Finally, at the end of 2022 the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) introduced SMS into the Annex I Part 21 and consequently into aircraft design organisations (Subpart J) and production organisations (Subpart G), to become effective in March 2023.


In these rules, responsibilities and accountabilities have been newly defined, and Just Culture made the basis of enhancing overall management principles and safety awareness.

For most organisations, this will result in the most radical and severe change to their way of working with the Part 21 for the last 20 years.

To ensure businesses implement the new regulations effectively, significant changes and new measures will have to be established and maintained, starting with defining and adopting policies and management principles.


VERTHOS has a strong background and experience in managing and organising safety related functions in many industries by offering software and AI based tools and solutions. We have extended our team and committed to adapting and developing our software suite to meet the requirements of the aviation industry and SMS implementation.

VERTHOS Aviation combines the proven VERTHOS management platform with the knowledge of foremost experts in aviation safety regulations. The result is a comprehensive platform leveraging the latest advances in AI to guide the process of adopting and meeting the Safety Management according to Annex I Part 21, Subpart J Design Organisation Approval (DOA) as well as Subpart G Production Organisation Approval (POA) requirements. VERTHOS also supports SMS in Part-145 Maintenance Organisations and Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations according to Part-CAMO.


The VERTHOS Team has many decades of experience in building and rolling out mission critical software for blue-chip organisations around the world.

Our Aviation platform will ensure that the new regulatory requirements are more easily and cost effectively managed, ensuring enhanced safety while minimising impact on staff and resources.