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Last edited 04 May 2020
Standard operating procedure
A standard operating procedure (SOP) is an overview of the processes behind an operation or task. A standard operating procedure provides formal (typically written) guidelines for workers about how to proceed.
The general nature of the instructions is what differentiates a standard operating procedure from a method of procedure (MOP), which is extremely detailed and documents specific step-by-step instructions. A method of procedure (or several methods of procedure) can be incorporated into standard operating procedures.
International Organisation for Standardisation ISO 9001 specifies the need for a quality management system where an organisation can demonstrate its consistent ability to meet the requirements of clients, stakeholders and any applicable regulatory requirements. By creating standard operating procedures, organisations can incorporate these standardised instructions into their ISO 9001 policy documentation.
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- ISO 9001.
- Method of procedure.
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- Quality management systems (QMS) - beyond the documentation.
- Quality manuals and quality plans.
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