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AVIATION SECURITY (AVSEC) BRANCH

ICAO’s work in the field of aviation security (AVSEC) is the responsibility of the AVSEC Branch of the Air Transport Bureau (ATB), and is comprised of three inter-related activities: policy development; security audits; and support to States in resolving security deficiencies. These activities are carried out by dedicated Sections within the Branch, and are closely coordinated to ensure their effectiveness.

Policy activities involve the development and timely revision of Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for international aviation security and air transport facilitation. The security and facilitation SARPs appear in technical annexes to the Chicago Convention, primarily Annex 17 (Security) and Annex 9 (Facilitation). Associated guidance material designed to assist States in implementing these SARPs is also developed and regularly updated. ICAO also ensures the development of technical specifications for machine readable passports, visas and official travel documents. Policy matters are handled by the Aviation Security and Facilitation Policy (SFP) Section.

Security audits are conducted under the Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP) and currently focus on the capacity of Member States to oversee aviation security activities under their jurisdiction. The audits serve to highlight aviation security deficiencies in Member States and lead to corrective action plans based on audit findings. USAP is administered by the Aviation Security Audit (ASA) Section.

Support in the form of training activities and direct assistance is provided to States to help implement international security provisions and rectify deficiencies identified by ICAO audits. These activities are carried out by the Implementation Support and Development (ISD) Section – Security.



For more information, please contact:

Aviation Security Branch
Air Transport Bureau

Phone: +1 514-954-6104
Fax: +1 514-954-6408
E-mail: avsec@icao.int



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