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#1 ArchieQA


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 10:02 AM

Hello everyone

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The Difference between a management representative and Food safety team leader?


If the Quality Assurance Manager is the Management Representative , can he also be the Food safety Team leader or can a QA Executive be a Food safety Team Leader.





As of now this is what i know about the duties of the management representative.


The Management Representative, ensures the following:

·         As per standard to establish, implement and maintain the FSMS as per ISO22000: 2005 Standards.

·         To ensure that processes needed for the FSMS are established, implemented and maintained understanding the current and future needs of the customers / clients.

·         To report to the top management on the continuing suitability and effectiveness of the FSMS and the scope for improvement.

·         To promote awareness of customer requirements throughout the organization

·         To plan, schedule and conduct Internal Audits for FSMS.

·         To select qualified Internal Auditors.

·         To review the Audit Report and follow-up Corrective Action / Preventive Action Reports.

·         To initiate modifications of documents based on Corrective action / Preventive Action and to control all the documents related to the FSMS.

·         To schedule management review meetings at the defined intervals and record minutes of management review meetings for subsequent reporting on the performance / improvements of the FSMS.

·         To liaison with the external agencies related to the FSMS Implementation and Certification.

·         The Management Representative convenes the management review meetings after preparation of the agenda and maintains the minutes of the meeting.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 05:54 AM

Hi ArchieQA,


In ISO 22000 there is not a prescribed Management Representative Role, only a Food Safety Team Leader:


ISO 22000:2005 5.5 Food safety team leader
Top management shall appoint a food safety team leader who, irrespective of other responsibilities, shall have the responsibility and authority
a) to manage a food safety team (see 7.3.2) and organize its work,
b) to ensure relevant training and education of the food safety team members (see 6.2.1),
c) to ensure that the food safety management system is established, implemented, maintained and updated, and
d) to report to the organization's top management on the effectiveness and suitability of the food safety management system.
NOTE The responsibility of the food safety team leader may include liaison with external parties on matters relating to the food safety management system.
In ISO 2000 there are cross references published in Annex A:
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In ISO 9001:2008 5.5.2 Management representative it prescribes that
Top management shall appoint a member of the organization's management who, irrespective of other responsibilities, shall have responsibility and authority that includes
a) ensuring that processes needed for the quality management system are established, implemented and maintained,
b) reporting to top management on the performance of the quality management system and any need for improvement, and
c) ensuring the promotion of awareness of customer requirements throughout the organization.
NOTE The responsibility of a management representative can include liaison with external parties on matters relating to the quality management system.
When ISO 9001:2015 was published the references to 'Management Representative' were removed:
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ISO 9001:2015: now prescribes 5.3 Organizational roles, responsibilities and authorities
Top management shall ensure that the responsibilities and authorities for relevant roles are assigned, communicated and understood within the organization.
Top management shall assign the responsibility and authority for:
a) ensuring that the quality management system conforms to the requirements of this International Standard;
b) ensuring that the processes are delivering their intended outputs;
c) reporting on the performance of the quality management system and on opportunities for improvement (see 10.1), in particular to top management;
d) ensuring the promotion of customer focus throughout the organization;
e) ensuring that the integrity of the quality management system


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