Logistics Planning versus Quality Assurance in a Pharmaceutical Company
Arrey Benedict, Management Consultant, Belgium
We better first of all understand the meaning of "Production Plan" before we can better source who is answerable to its approval.
A production plan addresses what quantities of an already approved quality of a particular product type needs to be manufactured at different times and lead-times, lots and batches.
Since the quality of the necessary raw materials, components and final product should already have been determined by the QA department even before procurement, the plan to produce to the required quality effect should subsequently lie between the hands of the Logistics and Production managers respectively, depending on the needed value stream at which segment of the production process.
Quality Assurance is merely making sure that the needed production material, layout, machines and assorted equipment are up to the required standards.
So, like Muhammed rightly said, QA would only point out any error in the plan, although they are not responsible for it.