Management Review

Cynthia Weber, December 5, 2007

BRCGS, FSSC 22000, GFSI, ISO 22000, SQF

Management Review of Your Food Safety Management System

Management review is a meeting where top management focuses entirely on the performance of the management system.  A company can gain tremendous improvements with effective management reviews. A typical structure for this system is to have meetings on a scheduled basis, quarterly is effective in many cases, and follow a structured agenda addressing the required items in the standard and topics specific to your organization- remembering that the focus is on the performance of the management system.

The foundation of management review is the quality goals and objectives established as the management system is designed and built. This is the key benchmark that the performance of the system will be measured against. Management review will also be where these goals and objectives will be evaluated and updated to keep them relevant and to drive continual improvement. I can’t emphasize enough what a valuable tool management review is. I have seen more gains and improvements out of this piece of the management system than any others. When done effectively and with commitment. It truly drives continual improvement.