The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) conducted an audit last year and placed Ireland in the top 10 countries in the world ahead the United States, Brazil and Australia.
It is currently third of the 22 European states that have completed their audit.
The ICAO measures deviation or the extent to which a lack of effective implementation takes place. The lower the score, the better.
Ireland measured 7.72% — way below the European average of 21.27%.
“This result is a terrific endorsement for Ireland and is a great credit to Department of Transport, the management and staff in the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and the aviation industry,” the IAA’s chief executive officer, Eamonn Brennan, said.
“This result assures us that we are among the world leaders in proactively regulating and effectively implementing safety standards.”
But Mr Brennan said the positive ICAO audit results were overshadowed by the fatal crash at Cork Airport last month.
“All of us in the IAA extend our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the Cork accident,” he said.
“It serves as a sombre reminder to us all why safety is at the forefront of everything we do.”
The ICAO audit was conducted in three phases.
The first was a comprehensive review of Ireland’s national regulations and implementation of approximately 10,000 ICAO standards and recommended practices.
The second phase involved a 10-day audit in Ireland by a team of five international auditors and the final phase involved the response to the findings in the report.
The ICAO audit team examined Ireland’s safety oversight system, including primary aviation legislation, specific operating regulations, the State civil aviation system structure, the qualifications and training of technical personnel, technical guidance and procedures, the licensing and certification of individuals and organisations, ongoing surveillance and the resolution of safety concerns.
Mr Brennan also pointed out that some of the findings against Ireland were common to all EU member states by virtue of implementation of EU law.