The QA/QC programme describes the quality objectives of the inventory, the national system and the QA/QC plan. This includes a time schedule, tasks and responsibilities.
An improvement programme forms an integral part of this QA/QC programme. The QA/QC programme is basically an internal document that will be held available for UN review. NL Agency is responsible for co-ordination and implementation of the programme. It will be updated once a year, as part of the annual evaluation and improvement cycle.
The overall objectives of the QA/QC programme include
- annually finalizing, by 15 April, inventories that are of sufficient1 quality to meet the requirements under UN and EU
- sufficiently measuring and controlling the quality of annual inventories by appropriate quality control procedures
- ensuring that quality objectives are met and regularly evaluated by implementing appropriate quality assurance and evaluation procedures by staff that is not directly involved.
These objectives are further expanded in the programme into more specific quality objectives, related to improving transparency, consistency, comparability, completeness and accuracy (the ‘inventory principles’).
1) 'Sufficient' implies that no significant problems are identified by UNFCCC review teams.