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IPC Compliance Review

The IPC Compliance Review Policy and Process aims at identifying which stakeholders fully apply the IPC standards when generating food security analyses. The initiative is a core element of Outcome 3 of the IPC Global Strategic Programme (2014-2018)  – Technical Development, Quality and Compliance – and was endorsed by the IPC Global Steering Committee on March 2015.

The IPC Compliance Review Policy and Process is conceived to provide compliance criteria together with a mechanism to review country food security classification systems and related outputs.

These outputs should be generated by following a set of minimum criteria that strives to create some flexibility in the use of IPC standards for those countries that face particular circumstances, while ensuring that the core IPC principles are not lost.

The IPC Global Steering Committee developed and endorsed the Terms of Reference for the IPC Compliance Review Policy and Process in December 2014. Nepal was the first country to request an IPC Compliance Review. The review was completed in early 2015. 

How it is now: IPC Products vs IPC Compatible Products

The IPC Technical Manual Version 2.0 defines two types of IPC products: IPC Products and IPC Compatible Products. An IPC Product is generated following all the four core functions of the IPC:  

  1. Building Technical Consensus; 
  2. Classifying Severity and Causes; 
  3. Communicating for Action; 
  4. Quality Assurance. 

An IPC Compatible Product is generated following the IPC functions from 2 to 4 only, thus excluding IPC Function 1 - Building technical consensus.

The implementation of functions from 2 to 4 ensures the inter-operability of core results and comparability with other IPC analysis outcomes. However, since the consensus building is at the core of the IPC enabling transparency, confidence, quality of the analysis and best impact possible on decision making, governments and agencies using IPC harmonized food security classification systems are encouraged to create IPC compliant products whenever possible

Food Security ClustersFEWS NETFAOThe Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)CARE InternationalACF
The World Food Programme (WFP)unicefSICASave the ChildrenOxfamThe Joint research Center (JRC) of the European CommissionIGAD