QUALITY MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK – HYDROLOGY

Purpose:

To provide the members of CHy, in preparation for the 14th session of the Commission for Hydrology in Geneva, Switzerland, from 6-14 November 2012, with an opportunity to comment on a draft copy of the paper prepared on Guidelines for Implementing a Quality Management System in Hydrology (Annex I) as requested at CHy-13 and on the proposed steps for the future. Please note that comments may be provided in French, English, Spanish or Russian (preferably as an attachment).

Background:

Through CHy-13, Resolution 1, the WMO Commission for Hydrology adopted adopt a Quality Management Framework – Hydrology (QMF-H) providing an overall strategy, advice, guidance and tools for the functioning of National Hydrological Services to attain efficiency, quality and effectiveness in their operations. The activities under the QMF-H address processes and procedures that are inherent to hydrological data/observations, products and services. These contributions provide documentation (regulations, guides and manuals on technical standards), advice and guidance to NHSs that are of utility in the formation of their QMS within their country. This material provides an organized system to ensure national consistency in the progressively more common cases of decentralization, partial or complete privatization and outsourcing of functions related to the acquisition of hydrological data, products and services. An initial effort has been made to further develop and document quality assurance and quality control procedures common to various NHSs. Efforts are being made to develop training materials in close cooperation with the regional associations’ working groups on hydrology. Recent activities have included the publication of the Guide to Hydrological Practices (on the web) and manuals on streamflow gauging and flood forecasting and warning.

During 2011, a document was prepared on Guidelines for Implementing a Quality Management System in Hydrology.

Congress (Cg-16, Resolution 13) endorsed the adoption of the Quality Management Framework – Hydrology (QMF-H), within the overall WMO QMF, covering data observations as well as hydrological products and services in accordance with the recommendation of CHy. It is anticipated that the WMO Executive Council will request that CHy ensure that material developed under the QMF-Hydrology is consistent with the WMO Practical Guide for the Implementation of a Quality Management System for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services developed under the auspices of CAeM for application across WMO. (http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/amp/aemp/documents/QM_Guide_NMHSs_V10.pdf)

Discussion:

Over the past few years, both CHy and CAeM have been working on the topic of Quality Management (QM) primarily from the perspective of their own stakeholder communities. In the past twelve months, CHy has produced draft of the Guidelines for Implementing a Quality Management System in Hydrology. CAeM have also during this period been requested by the WMO members to generalized the QM material that they have prepared to accommodate all of the WMO activities and the CHy Advisory Working Group believes that the principles of QMS are sufficiently generic as be equally appropriate for hydrology as they are for climatology, aviation meteorology, etc.

From a practical standpoint, it is both appropriate for CHy adopt the new “WMO Practical Guide for the Implementation of a Quality Management System for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services”. In this regard, the draft Guidelines for Implementing a Quality Management System in Hydrology could serve as a useful complement to the broader “Practical Guide”.

Next Steps:

It is proposed that CHy request its Advisory Working Group to ensure that the material developed under the WMO Practical Guide for the Implementation of a Quality Management System for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services developed under the auspices of CAeM for application across WMO is consistent and compatible with the QMF-Hydrology approach and guidelines. The WMO CHy AWG should review the WMO Practical Guide for the Implementation of a Quality Management System for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and, if appropriate, promote the document for use by NHSs. It should be noted that certification is encouraged, but not required, and that NHSs who choose not to pursue full certification should at the very least implement appropriate QM principles in their operations.

Invitation to Comment:

Comments are welcomed regarding attached draft Guidelines for Implementing a Quality Management System in Hydrology and the proposed next steps. Please note that comments may be provided in French, English, Spanish or Russian (preferably as an attachment).

Comment on the QMF-H activities can be made in advance of CHy-14 directly on this website (on clicking “Leave a reply”) or by sending an e-mail to chy@wmo.int . Comments will be accepted up to 30 June 2012.

Download the document to be commented: “Guidelines for Implementing a Quality Management System in Hydrology“ (Annex I

Posted by Harry Lins

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