Authorized person

Authorized person
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Authorized person is a person who is in a formal way empowered to do something. This term applies to office management, when a person can accompish some duties associated with for example: agreements, contracts, orders, but also in medical areas, when a person can collect the medical records on behalf of someone else. Usually to become an authorized person, a written statement is required. Authorized person is also a qualified person, appointed by the law act - for example affidavid has to be signed before a notary public, who is in that context an authorized person[1]

In business[edit]

In business, authorized person is the one, who is responsible for the specific company - chairman, but also management or other employees authorized by main company's regulations. Those are people, who can sign or make any changes in agreements, but also authorize other person to do it. This position in the company gives many benefits, but also duties and risks. Being an authorized person presents opportunities to make collosal changes, which may be positive, however if anything is misguided - the person is responsible for consequences. To become an authorized person in other way than throughout general requlations

Verifying methods[edit]

In literature, there are numerous ways of verifying the identity of the authorized person, starting with simple ones, ending with complicated, patented procedures:

  • Controlling identity card,
  • Face recognition[2],
  • Computer system[3] - special, patented program,
  • Biometric characteristics[4] - like iris scanner (used for example in banks, during the safe opening) or fingerprints (used even to unlock a smartphone),
  • RFID chip[5] - used in highly secured areas, like laboratories, where the RFID card is necessary to come in

Desirable character traits[edit]

An authorized person should be characterized by several character traits: responsible (to be aware of all consequences), bright and prudent (not to make decisions hastily), ambitious, willing to take risks but cautious (if benefits are significant, and the level of risk may be controlled), organized and definitely - trusted by co-workers and stakeholders.


  1. Downes J., Goodman J. E., 2014, p. 20
  2. Kurhe, Dr.P. Khanale, 2012, p. 1-3
  3. Wesley Grayson Powers, 1997, p. 1-11
  4. Bromba M., Raaf B., 2004, 3-5
  5. Golander A., Peters M. E, 2012, p. 9-11


Author: Anna Włodarczyk