Continuous Safety delivers IS-BAO registration audits since 2009.

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Launched in 2002, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO™) was developed by the business aviation community and is designed to promote use of high quality operating practices by:

• Establishing a framework for effective safety and operational processes

• Providing tools to facilitate the implementation of best practices

• Delivering a Safety Management System (SMS) appropriate to all operational profiles

As the globally recognized voluntary safety standard, IS-BAO helps operators apply industry best practices by challenging them to review and compare their safety-related policies, processes and procedures, and then make improvements, elevating them to the worldwide standard for business aviation.

Similar to an ISO-9000 standard of practice, IS-BAO is specifically formulated for business aviation and accepted worldwide as the benchmark for safety and efficiency in business aircraft operations. Hundreds of operators on all continents around the world have adopted IS-BAO as the definitive standard for flight operations.

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How does it work?

The IS-BAO audit policies, processes and procedures (Audit Program) have been developed in recognition of proven industrial management auditing concepts and follow the principles set out in ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems:

IS-BAO ensures that audits are completed consistently and in accordance with a performance-based, systematic, objective and proven process.

The purpose of assessment of conformity to the applicable IS-BAO Programme Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).


Who can perform an IS-BAO Audit?

Only IS-BAO accredited auditors are allow to perform the audit aimed at issuing the relevant recommendation for the audit registration.


IS-BAO audit registration process

The auditor after the audit, completes the audit report and confirm that remedial actions (if any) are addressed and then sends the audit to IBAC for registration.

IBAC will review the audit for consistence and then, if the  audit met the IS-BAO standard will proceed with the registration process.

Registration audits

Organizations who have purchased an IBAC IS-BAO Programme Standard may choose to register their conformity to the Standards with IBAC via a third-party audit, such as Continuous Safety.

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Audit objectives

The audit objectives are:

  • To assist the organization in identifying any safety deficiencies;
  • To determine that the organization is in conformity with the relevant IS-BAO Programme Standards;
  • To observe and assess the organization’s adherence to the recommended practices contained in the IS-BAO Programme Standards;
  • Where a Certificate of Registration is desired by the organization, to make a recommendation accordingly to the IBAC Secretariat;
  • To observe upon and make recommendations to the Standards Board regarding potential changes to the IS-BAO Programme Standards; and
  • To provide value.

Audit principles

The audit principles are:

  • Transparency and disclosure;
  • Timeless;
  • Systematic, consistent and objective;
  • Fairness.

Conflict of interest

It is a well-accepted principle that auditors must not audit their own work.

Therefore, auditors who provide any consulting services to organizations must not conduct IS-BAO Programme registration audits if the audit involves auditing any work that they, or their firm, have provided.


Audits conducted for registration to IS-BAO Programmes are confidential.


Registration certificates

IBAC will issue a Stage 1, 2 or 3 Certificate of Registration depending on the maturity of the organization’s Safety Management System (SMS) and its organizational safety culture.

Audit Stages 1 and 2 will carry a Registration period of 1 (for IS-BAO only) or 2 years; Stage 3 organizations may be registered for up to 3 years.