Procedure (business)

A procedure is a document that instructs workers on executing one or more activities of a business process.[1] It describes the sequence of steps, and specifies for each step what needs to be done, often including when the procedure should be executed and by whom.[2]

Organizations typically document procedures in their published Policy and Procedures guide, or their Standard Operating Procedure guide.

While procedures typically detail high level steps, a Work Instruction would provide more detail, for example the tools to use and how precisely to use the tools to carry out the procedure.[3] [4]


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  2. "ISO 9001 Documentation - What is required? | 9001 Council". Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  3. "What is a Work Instruction?". 2018-09-15. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  4. "Implementing an ISO 9001 Quality Management System" (PDF). 2019-09-17. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
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