QA/QC PLAN in Quality Assurance(QA) and Quality Control(QC) System
A QA/QC plan is a fundamental element of a QA/QC system, and it is good practice to develop one. The plan should, in general, outline QA/QC activities that will be implemented, and include a scheduled time frame that follows inventory preparation from its initial development through to final reporting in any year. It should contain an outline of the processes and schedule to review all source categories.
The QA/QC plan is an internal document to organise, plan, and implement QA/QC activities. Once developed, it can be referenced and used in subsequent inventory preparation, or modified as appropriate (i.e. when changes in processes occur or on advice of independent reviewers). This plan should be available for external review.
In developing and implementing the QA/QC plan, it may be useful to refer to the standards and guidelines published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), including the ISO 9000 series (read ISO AS A DATA QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM). Although ISO 9000 standards are not specifically designed for emissions inventories, they have been applied by some countries to help organise QA/QC activities.