Introduction_TheOfficeOfSafetyAndMissionAssurance

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA)

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) assures the safety and enhances the success of all NASA activities through the development, implementation, and oversight of Agency wide safety, reliability, maintainability, and quality assurance (SRM&QA) policies and procedures.

Included in OSMA's activities are:

  • Establishing and assuring compliance with NASA safety and mission assurance (SMA) strategies, policies, and standards.
  • Fostering early integration and life-cycle implementation of safety, reliability, maintainability, and quality assurance (SRM&QA) into NASA's programs and operations.
  • Improving methodologies for risk identification and assessment, and providing recommendations for risk mitigation and acceptance.
  • Performing independent safety and mission assurance (SMA) assessments and process verification reviews.
  • Providing analysis and recommendations for critical Agency safety decisions.
  • Sponsoring the innovation and rapid transfer of SRM&QA technologies, processes, and techniques to improve safety and reliability and reduce the cost of mission success.

The following link provides access to Safety and Mission Success Directives (NASA Policy Directives and NASA Procedural Requirements documents) and NASA Technical Standards related to safety and mission success via a graphical interface: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/codeq/doctree/index.htm.

One of these standards is the Safety and Mission Assurance Requirements Tree. The Tree contains directives (NASA Policy Directives and NASA Procedural Requirements Documents) and active standards prepared by the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance as well as top level directives that influence safety and mission assurance policy.

Safety and Mission Assurance Requirements Tree

If you need to determine if a standard is Mandatory for use, check http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/codeq/doctree/mandatory.pdf.

For a complete list of directives go to http://nodis3.gsfc.nasa.gov/Rpt_current_directives.cfm.

To access information concerning all NASA Technical Standards including safety reliability maintainability and quality assurance non-government standards adopted by NASA, please see http://standards.nasa.gov/default.taf.