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2478138 - Defining of Direct Approval rule for Multiple Approvers


You want to assign multiple approvers under Direct Approvers rule.


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Goto Application and User Management work center
  2. Select View Task Distribution
  3. Select view Approval Processes
  4. Select Default Approval Process for Purchase Order
  5. Select the approval rule with Direct Approvers

You can assign multiple approvers under "Direct Approvers" rule.


1.   Condition 1

If you want all approvers to approve, then you have to check "All Approvals Required" option.

    2.   Condition 2

If you want only one of the approvers to approve, then you should uncheck "All Approvals Required" option.

    3.  Condition 3

If you expect any 2 or 3 out of multiple approvers to approve, then follow these steps

  • Create an approval rule with "Direct Approvers" option
  • Create separate approval steps with the same approvers under "Direct Approvers" option and uncheck "All Approvals Required" option
  • In the next approval steps, flag "Skip Reapproval" option, so that approval task will not go to the same person who has approved in the previous step


  1. You can set multiple approvers under "Direct Approvers" rule.
  2. "All Approvals Required" option should be set when you want all the approvers in the "Direct approver" list to approve the document, else uncheck this flag.
  3. You can use the skip reapproval option when you set multi-step approval process where same approver is determined in the next steps.


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