Safety Management Panel


The ANC agreed to establish the Safety Management Panel (SMP) in 2011 to provide recommendations for a new Annex to the Chicago Convention, by consolidating pre-existing safety management provisions in multiple Annexes, with recommendations for further amendments to be provided subsequent to adoption of Annex 19.


The SMP undertakes specific studies and develop ICAO provisions for safety management. The work of the Panel concentrates mainly on Annex 19, but also on other documents, such as the Safety Management Manual (SMM).


Develop and maintain the ICAO safety management provisions to assist States in systematically managing aviation safety risks and support the continued evolution of a proactive strategy to improve safety performance.

Working Arrangements

The panel chairperson may establish working groups as necessary, as outlined in Doc 7984. The SMP should coordinate its work with the various groups of experts responsible for other Annexes and disciplines, as appropriate.

Required expertise

The SMP is composed of a multi-disciplinary team of experts familiar with ICAO safety management provisions and involved in State Safety Programmes (SSP), implementation and oversight of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and the collection, protection, analysis and exchange of data and information. A background in aviation personnel training, aircraft operations, airworthiness, air navigation services, aerodromes and accident and incident investigation is also required.


Mr. Andrew Belshaw, MSc MBAC FRAeS, is a highly experienced aviation professional with an extensive background in Air Navigation Services, Safety Management (including bow-tie) and Regulatory Compliance. He is a ble to operate easily in an international environment with the ability to liaise and communicate with people of all ages, status, nationalities, and cultures. Mr. Belshaw is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Council Member of the British Association of Aviation Consultants and a Full Member and Executive Secretary of the Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers (GATCO - UK). He was the Compliance Manager for Air Navigation Services at three international airports in the UAE, led the ICAO USOAP preparation programme (Air Navigation Services) for three States, including the development of new and comprehensive aviation laws and regulations in line with ICAO Annexes, successfully delivered an Airport Operations course to the Eswatini (Swaziland) Civil Aviation Authority, developed Contingency Planning guidelines for ANSPs in accordance with Annex 11 requirements, and produced comprehensive documentation to support SESAR (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research) projects. Mr. Belshaw has a Master's Degree (MSc) in Air Transport Management (University of London ), and an EASA Air Traffic Control Licence – Tower and Approach. He is also a Certified Aviation Lead Auditor (IOSA), and has extensive experience in various safety-related domains: Military ATC Unit Safety Management Officer’s training, ICAO SMS Training, UK CAA Basic and Advanced Safety Management Systems, UK CAA Root Cause Analysis, and EUROCONTROL Safety Assessment and Assurance in SESAR training. Mr. Belshaw can be reached at