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The ISO VIM defines them as:

measurement method: generic description of a logical organization of operations used in a measurement.

measurement procedure: detailed description of a measurement according to one or more measurement principles and to a given measurement method, based on a measurement model and including any calculation to obtain a measurement result.

But I'm still not sure what their difference is. Can anyone explain this to me, maybe with some examples?

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If it was only the fat words, I had some idea about. But after reading the rest of the text I join You in shaking head. – Georg Mar 22 '11 at 15:50
They describe a 'procedure' as detailed, and a 'method' as general. Past that... I am no expert on metrology, but it is possible this is not an important distinction, but simply lousy writing on the part of the ISO. – Andrew Mar 22 '11 at 15:52
Not really a physics Q - Nothing personal, but voting to close. – Martin Beckett Mar 22 '11 at 16:07

There is no real difference - it's just an ISO thing.
Under the "measurement method" you write out the overall reason for what you are testing and in "measurement procedure" the detailed steps, test rig settings etc.

Then you print these out put them in a nice binder and bring them out once a year to show the ISO inspector.

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