Working with a small business client towards AS9100D certification. Seeking some feedback please on staff wearing many hats, for what is typically separate roles found in organizations. There is no single Quality role in the organization, but is shared among the production leads, GM (who is the MR), and engineering. The standard states an appointed "member" of the org. management to be the MR. Q: Can the Quality role be shared among other staff (even the production lead)? The standard does state that production and quality must be separate; although in the industry the objective and independent nature between the roles is the standard why. Thoughts? Thank you for your time and help.