A quality incident response plan (QIRP) is a systematic plan for resolving serious doubts about key statistical results by examining the processes that contributed to the results. The QIRP approach is designed to provide a quick and rigorous high level response to a serious statistical issue be it realised or potential. A key feature of the approach is the formation of a dedicated ad hoc multi-disciplinary team to investigate and resolve the issue in a pragmatic way.
This paper provides information for conducting and creating a quality incident response plan. This helps manage statistical risks by having documented and accepted guidelines on what to do when a quality incident arises.
A quality incident response plan process has the following four broad stages:
1. Initiate a quality incident response plan
2. Manage the implementation of the quality incident response plan
3. Resolve the quality incident (i.e. confirm or reject causal issues)