The purpose of a document control system is to ensure that the documents your organization uses are effective and current. This may be achieved using a simple list of documents known as a master list.
Policy and Procedure Manual
Addressing document control within your policy and procedure manual should be the first step. In addition, your organization should identify an administrator to oversee document control by being responsible for the master list of documents.
Master List of Documents
Create a master list identifying the documents used within your organization to operate effectively. Examples of documents include procedure manuals, quality manuals, work instructions and forms. Using a spread sheet format, include the name of the document and the version. If you are referencing a mandated procedure from an external source, referencing the standard on the master list will help traceability.
Documents that are revised must be noted on the master list. For example, Quality Assurance Policy and Procedures, version B. You may create your own identification system. Some organizations use dates of revision. When a procedure is revised, you must also review any forms or instructions that you reference within the procedure.
Jennie Ashley has been a technical writer since 1983. Her publications include quality assurance manuals, personnel policies and procedures manuals, as well as instructional guidelines for manufacturing sites. Ashley has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in communications with a language arts minor.