Protocols for completing Function 4

Function 4 ensures the technical rigour and neutrality of analysis as well as learning for future improvements. This is achieved through self-assessments and, if necessary, external quality reviews. By completing Function 4, analysts assess whether they have followed all IPC protocols included in Functions 1, 2 and 3, and identify areas for future improvements. If all 13 protocols are followed, the resulting product can be labelled IPC. Therefore, by inserting the IPC logo on a report, the Technical Working Group recognizes its accountability, confirming that classification was based on consensual and unbiased analysis developed according to IPC protocols.

There are two protocols for Function 4: the first focuses on self-assessment, and the second entails requesting and engaging in an external quality review if deemed necessary (Table 42)