SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) seem obvious to many but aren’t understood, utilized, or not even written. Too many times SOP’s seem to be written by lawyer or some savant to whom the language is obvious. That being said, an SOP is important for several reasons. They are:
- It standardizes your methods and procedures. (Internal)
- It shows there is a standardization in your company (Internal and External)
- Makes it easier to train new employees. (Internal)
- When an audit is done, SOP’s help with tracing issues. (Internal and External)
- Show them to customers and/or Funding Agencies to indicate your proficiency. (External)
- SOP’s should be used when you are involved with one of the various ISO designations. (External)
So, there are reasons to have and to write SOP’s.
In the next part I will describe what is needed in an SOP.
David Slomczynski, Ph.D; Geometrick Enterprises