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2963752 - How to Exclude a Particular Approver who created the Purchase Order from getting the Approval Task?


Person A have created a Purchase Order and A is also assigned as the Direct Approver. But you do not want the approval to be triggered to A because he has created the order.

(A refers to the purchase order creator/approver)


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to the Application and User Management work center.
  2. Select the Approval Processes view.
  3. Select the Approval Process Overview: Purchase Order.
  4. Set up a rule where approver is person A and set the condition to trigger approval when "requester is not equal to A"
  5. Now log in as the person A and create a Purchase Order.

The order goes for approval to the same person A.


System will trigger approval based on the rule defined.

Here, there is no field called "requester" in purchase order screen, so system has triggered the approval based on the rule defined.

Currently there is no business option either to skip the approval or no approval required for the Direct Approver if approver himself creates the Purchase Order.


For this usecase, you can set up a condition saying "created by does not match pattern *A*" (A refers to the name of the creator/approver).


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