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Old 28th May 2006, 08:03 AM
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Let Me Help You Procedure vs. Work Instruction (WI) - What is the difference?

What is the difference between procedure and work instruction?
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Old 28th May 2006, 11:24 AM
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What is the difference between procedure and work instruction?
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Old 1st June 2006, 02:34 PM
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See the thread Howard linked to. Usually the procedure is a higher level document but one can argue that they are the same and that their use is semantics.
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Old 1st June 2006, 03:26 PM
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...one can argue that they are the same and that their use is semantics.
I don't personally care what they're called - but because some do - I always say:

Procedures - tell you who does what when.

Work Instructions - tell you how to do something.

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Old 1st June 2006, 03:27 PM
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Make your own definition

In few older quality system documents I have helped develop in the past we have used the discriminating criterion that procedures are documents that explain inter- departmental activities while work instructions are activity specific instruction to be carried out usually by a single associate or by a small team within one department.

With the process focus introduced with the 9K2k version, this discrimination is insignificant.
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Not sure it matters

I am not sure it matters what the difference is between a procedure and a work instruction but I use the EXACT same terminology as Cari Spears. Word for word. The only thing I add is that "Who" means title or department not actual name. "When" generally means in what sequence, not clock time.

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... "Who" means title or department not actual name. "When" generally means in what sequence, not clock time.
Exactly.
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