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Regulations on the Quality Management of Seafarers’ Education and Training of the People’s Republic of China

Chapter I. General Provisions

Article 1

These Regulationsare formulated in accordance with the Regulations on Seafarers of the People's Republic of China and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended.

Article 2

These Regulationsshall apply to the establishment, implementation, audit and certification of quality management system of seafarers' education and training.

Article 3

The institutions for seafarers’ education and training shall establish and implement their respective quality management system in accordance with these Regulations, and pass the quality management system audit organized by the audit institutions so as to keep seafarers’ education and training under continuous control of such quality management system for the achievement of the defined objectives.

Article 4

The Maritime Safety Administration of the People’s Republic of China is the Administration for implementing these Regulations.

The audit institutions are responsible for organizing and conducting audit on the quality management system under the authority of the Administration.

Chapter II Basic Requirements of the Quality Management System

Article 5 Quality Policy and Quality Objectives

Institutions of seafarers’ education and training, when establishing their respective quality management system, shall explicitly define their quality policy and objectives.

The quality policy, which shall be in conformity with the general policy of the institution, is the general quality purpose and direction of seafarers’ education and training.

The quality objective, which shall adapt to the quality policy and be measurable, is the aim pursued by the institutions of seafarers’ education and training in terms of the quality management.

 

Article 6 Responsibility, Authority and Communication

Institutions of seafarers’ education and training shall ensure that the respective responsbilities, authorities and interrelations within themselves are clearly defined and well communicated. In order to ensure that the affectivity of the quality management system is communicated, a proper channel shall be identified. The scope of the quality management system shall at least include the following staff and their departments:

1.Teaching staff;

2.Management staff for teaching and trainees;

3.Administrative staff for trainee enrollment, facilities, personnel, file, archives and teaching materials;

4.Internal auditors;

5.Other staff responsible for the establishment and operation of the quality management system.

The top management of the institutions of seafarers’ education and training shall promote the establishment, implementation and continuous improvement of the quality management system, and provide necessary resources for the continuously effective operation of the quality management system.

Top management shall appoint a designated person from its top management circle who, irrespective of other responsibilities, shall have responsibilities and authorities as following:

(i) responsibilities of managing the establishment, implementation and continuous improvement of the QMS;

(ii) reporting to top management regarding the operation and improvement of the QMS; and

(iii) taking effective measures for promoting personnel quality awareness.

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