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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:54 AM



I have managed a couple of food safety systems.

I just started going over my food safety team appointments and drafting letters for new appointments before deciding to review what the standard says in terms of team.


The question I am stuck with at the moment is:

Does appointments have to be on individual letters or can I draft a document with the responsibilities explained and a list of team member names that everyone can sign off on?





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Posted 16 January 2018 - 12:12 PM

Hi Jaco,


That would be fine. The requirements for the FSSC 22000 scheme cover this in ISO 22000:



5.4 Responsibility and authority
Top management shall ensure that responsibilities and authorities are defined and communicated within the organization
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),
6.2 Human resources
6.2.1 General
The food safety team and the other personnel carrying out activities having an impact on food safety shall be competent and shall have appropriate education, training, skills and experience.
​It does not prescribe how responsibilities are communicated it can be as you describe or by job descriptions etc.
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