IATA's Security Management System (SeMS) addresses a risk-based and data-driven approach, indispensable to aviation security. The SeMS Manual and the SeMS Competency Test are essential SeMS tools, together with AVSEC Insight,  designed to improve open-source based intelligence gathering and the Incident Data eXchange (IDX)

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SeMS Competency Test

The SeMS Competency Test is offered as a harmonized method of assessing the SeMS expertise of individuals assigned with security responsibilities. It is an industry benchmark of Security Management System (SeMS) that enables assessing the SeMS proficiency level of individuals through a standardized, objective and transparent validation method.

The results of this assessment could be used for qualifications check during recruitment; quality control; or to design an individual professional development plan. It can also help to professionalize SeMS related positions by linking the assessment results with job-roles (SeMS/security managers, security supervisors, auditors, instructors).

Security Incident Reporting Initiation & Awareness

ICAO AVSEC Panel and ICAO Council encourage States, and all stakeholders to rapidly review and update the national requirements and syllabus of existing security awareness training programs to include incident reporting awareness and processes. In order to assist with this rapid implementation, IATA launched the See It Report It initiative. Contact us if you would like to become an early adopter.

The initiative includes videos on awareness and reporting. Both are available in 13 languages.

Awareness Videos: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, HindiJapanese, Korean, MelayuPortuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese

Reporting Videos: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, HindiJapanese, Korean, MelayuPortuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese


Embedding security into the business

IATA has demonstrated the value of the Security Management System (SeMS) through its IOSA Program for more than a decade. SeMS contributes to the capability of airlines to manage security in an ever-changing reality. The fourth edition of the IATA SeMS Manual aims to provide a natural security approach evolution including risk assessment to be adopted by all aviation stakeholders. IATA encourages all actors to recognize the value-added of implementing SeMS in a manner tailored to individual needs.

Building a security culture

Focusing on the human factor, SeMS reinforces the security culture. A security culture should be promoted through a 'lead by example' approach and formulated through the company's Security Policy to get the buy-in of the frontline staff.

Good awarenesstraining, and information exchange is indispensable. To structure data collection, IATA promotes a security occurrences’ taxonomy, embedded in The Incident Data Exchange (IDX), also used in multiple IATA publications including the IATA SeMS Manual, Airport Handling Manual, and the IOSA Standards Manual (SEC 4.3.3).