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Root Cause Characteristics

For a Root Cause Analysis to be thorough, it must include:

  • Determination of human and other factors
  • Determination of related processes and systems
  • Analysis of underlying causes and effect systems through a series of WHY questions
  • Identification of risks and their potential contributions
  • Determination of potential improvement in processes or systems

For a Root Cause Analysis to be credible it must:

  • Include participation by the leadership of the organization and those most closely involved in the processes and systems.
  • Be internally consistent.
  • Include consideration of relevant industry literature.