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Transport Canada is reviewing its Aviation Security regulations in a multi-year modernization process. As part of this review, consideration is given to transitioning regulations where appropriate from a prescriptive style to an outcome-based style. This raises new technical and cultural challenges related to how to measure compliance. This paper reports on a novel approach used to model regulations with the Goal-oriented Requirement Language, augmented with qualitative indicators. These models are used to guide the generation of questions for inspection activities, enable a flexible conversion of real-world data into goal satisfaction levels, and facilitate compliance analysis. A new propagation mechanism enables the evaluation of the compliance level of an organization. This outcome-based approach is expected to help get a more precise understanding of who complies with what, while highlighting opportunities for improving existing regulatory elements.


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Title Towards Outcome-Based Regulatory Compliance in Aviation Security
Authors R. Tawhid, E. Braun, N. Cartwright, M. Alhaj, G. Mussbacher, A. Shamsaei, D. Amyot, S.A. Behnam, and G. Richards
Type Conference
Conference/Journal Title 20th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE 2012)
Publisher IEEE CS
Month September
Year 2012
Pages 267-272
DOI 10.1109/RE.2012.6345813
Keywords aviation, compliance, Goal-oriented Requirement Language, indicators, security
Topic revision: r1 - 10 Dec 2012 - 11:48:57 - Gunter Mussbacher
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