Jump to content

  • Quick Navigation
Photo

What makes someone a "Qualified Individual"?


  • You cannot start a new topic
  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 OG Bean

OG Bean

    Grade - Active

  • IFSQN Active
  • 16 posts
  • 1 thanks
3
Neutral

  • United States
    United States

Posted 06 February 2019 - 05:21 PM

What makes somone a "Qualified Individual"?  Is it training only or does experience play a role?  How would you define it?

 

This is often a source of discussion during my audits.  I feel it's hard to define a qualified individual because a single item doesn't define it.  In some cases training defines it, but in other cases experience is the defininfg factor.

 

I have been known to overcomplicate things on the occasion, would that be the case here?

 



#2 kfromNE

kfromNE

    Grade - PIFSQN

  • IFSQN Principal
  • 520 posts
  • 171 thanks
128
Excellent

  • United States
    United States
  • Gender:Female
  • Interests:Bicycling, reading, nutrition, trivia

Posted 06 February 2019 - 05:37 PM

This I believe will always be a topic of discussion. Each (education/training vs experience) come with their strengths and weakness.

 

I know there are more but here are a few threads. On the Food Safety Friday PowerPoint - it gives the definition of what the FDA considers a Qualified Individual.

 

https://www.ifsqn.co...s and HACCP.pdf

 

https://www.ifsqn.co...ied-individual/



Thanked by 1 Member:

#3 bmart

bmart

    Grade - AIFSQN

  • IFSQN Associate
  • 27 posts
  • 11 thanks
8
Neutral

  • Earth
    Earth

Posted 06 February 2019 - 05:42 PM

According to the FSMA regulations for animal feed, 21 CFR Section 507.3, the definition is as follows:

 

Qualified individual means a person who has the education, training, or experience (or a combination thereof) necessary to manufacture, process, pack, or hold safe animal food as appropriate to the individual's assigned duties. A qualified individual may be, but is not required to be, an employee of the establishment.

 

I would say that you both are correct based on the definition at least if you look at the animal food regulations!

 

#4 QA-Tech

QA-Tech

    Grade - Active

  • IFSQN Active
  • 20 posts
  • 4 thanks
4
Neutral

  • Earth
    Earth

Posted 06 February 2019 - 05:45 PM

Agree with KfromIA, I think the bottom line is whichever "qualifications" you have (training, experience, etc.), you need to be able to demonstrate that you are competent in the subject matter (likely as a result of the training/experience) and are therefore qualified to be the primary person overseeing food safety programs, policies, etc. 



#5 SQFconsultant

SQFconsultant

    SQFconsultant

  • IFSQN Fellow
  • 3,646 posts
  • 928 thanks
800
Excellent

  • United States
    United States
  • Gender:Male
  • Interests:American Patriot
    WWG1WGA
    Never give up, never give in - allways win!
    Melbourne, Florida USA

Posted 06 February 2019 - 07:37 PM

An example of a qualified individual would be that I am considered a qualified individual for the purpose of FSMA strictly based on experience and not on taking courses and gettting a certificate.

 

Likewise one could say that a person having been involved in food factory environment and conducting Internal Audits for years would also be a QI and be able to train others.

 

QI can also come from a combination of experience and training and while I have seen greenies take a PCQI course and get a certificate of training it is difficult to accept them as a QI as they lack practical experience.


Kind regards,
Glenn Oster
 
GOC BUSINESS GROUP | SQF System Development & Implementation Consulting | eConsultant Retainer
Diverse Organic Microgreens & Two Cows Make Cheese | HempWorx | Internal Auditor Training | Remote SQF-GAP Analysis
 

 

Serving the New Republic of the United States of America - 

www.GlennOster.com

 

 





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users