- To understand the basics of Approval Workflows.
- While a policy proceeds through the Approval process in PolicyStat.
If a user is assigned on step one in an approval workflow and is not an owner for documents using that workflow they will not see the Edit button and cannot start a new version or make modifications. Users in the workflow will not have the Edit button until the workflow is started. Approvers needing to edit prior to the workflow starting need to have create and edit permissions for the policy area assigned to the document, then they will always have the Edit button. Being in the workflow will only allow them to edit once a document has been started into the workflow.
For more information on working with and managing Approval Workflows, see the articles in this section.
Approval Workflows are a sequence of steps wherein selected Approvers can either mark their approval or make edits to a policy while it pends for approval.
The topic of Approval Workflows is one of the Three Pillars of PolicyStat. For more on the Three Pillars concept or to view the other two Pillars, see this article.
All policies must complete the Approval Workflow process prior to becoming active and searchable.
Previous to PolicyStat, many clients documented approval processes through verbal, electronic, or physical methods. PolicyStat’s Approval Workflows help translate existing approval processes to defined, documented, and streamlined Workflows that maintain compliance with accreditation and/or regulatory bodies.
All policies start in a draft format and pend for approval through an Approval Workflow. When the policy completes the Workflow, it becomes active and searchable. The graphic below displays the lifecycle process for a policy to move from draft to active within PolicyStat.
Sample Approval Workflow
Approve During an Approval Workflow
During the Approval Workflow process, Approvers can make approvals, comment, edit, and collaborate on any policy documents internal to PolicyStat. Once the Approver approves (by clicking Approve), automatic routing moves the policy from one Approver (or committee) to the next in line.
For more on how to approve a pending policy as it progresses through a workflow, see this article.
Reject/Edit During an Approval Workflow
If any Approver or Committee changes, edits, or rejects the policy, a new draft is created and the approval process restarts. This ensures Approvers view and approve only the latest version.
For more on how to reject or edit a pending policy, see this article.
What Happens Once All Approvers Have Approved?
By default, once the final Approver has marked their approval, the policy becomes Active. Any user can view the policy's content and search to locate the policy*.
However, an effective date can be scheduled for a date in the future. During this period, the policy will move to a status of "Scheduled" and will not yet be live and searchable. For more on scheduling an effective date, see this article.
Approval Workflow Process
A quick disclaimer that some terms may differ for your location, but the concepts are universal. Area may be known as Policy Area, Department, Category, or another term on your PolicyStat site.
This article applies to the following user roles: