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CAUSE AND EFFECT ANALYSIS Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

A method leading to the listing of all possible reasons and outcomes associated with a particular problem or situation. It is a group process direct at uncovering possible or probable causal factors and their manifestation. The process identifies how they are linked, but does not necessarily lead to the root cause, or the removal of the reason to stop the recurrence of the problem. The process usually reports its results on a cause-and-effect diagram.


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