For instance; a pipe burst and a water flooding incident occurred. The corresponding corrective actions address the root cause of the flood, such as fixing old pipes. Contrary to this turning off the water source is a correction that eliminates the cause temporarily.
Corrective action term is mentioned in several regulations and standards such as FDA, GMP, ISO standards (ISO 9001, ISO 13485). If we examine thoroughly the ISO Quality management standards, both are made a similar point.
According to ISO 9000, corrective action is an action to eliminate the cause(or causes) of nonconformity and to prevent a recurrence.
Likewise, according to ISO 13485, the following enlisted requirements should be documented in a procedure;
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