Hi, I have a question about the word “provision”.
The OALD (Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary) says (as the 4th meaning of the word) it means “a condition or an arrangement in a legal document”.
How about conditions described in guidelines or guidance issued by the government/universities, and company SOPs (standard operating procedures)?
Is it incorrect to call them “provisions”? If so, what do you call them instead? Just “conditions”?
Example 1 (Guidelines for Safeguarding Information by Brown University): Faculty, staff and students should exercise care and judgment to ensure adequate protection of Brown sensitive information.
3.2.1 Handling Information
Example 2 (Guidance for Industry - Medical Device Tracking; Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff):
FDA has discretion on whether to order tracking for devices that meet the statutory requirements or to release devices from tracking based on additional guidance factors and other relevant information that comes to the agency’s attention.
Example 3 (company SOP):
1. All new employees are assigned to a specific work group under the guidance of the production supervisor or case manager.