By Johanna Blair
An arsenal of accurate and timely standard operating procedures (SOPs) is a critical part of any successful quality system. However, writing one from scratch, let alone managing an entire catalogue of SOP templates, can be daunting—to say the least. When written and managed correctly, SOPs can help ensure accuracy and repeatability when completing a task, as well as contribute to compliance and audit preparedness. When written and compiled poorly, they can lead to employee frustration, indifference, and potentially serious non-compliance.
Luckily, all is not lost. The following SOP guidelines can help you build and manage documents that are easily accessible, relevant, and something your team can consistently rely upon.