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Developing and Writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Developing and Writing Standard Operating Procedures Standard Operating Procedures, or SOPS, are the lifeblood of the bioscience industry. A SOP is a written procedure that all workers must follow when performing a routine laboratory task. Most SOPs detail the steps of an operation in the order in which they should be performed. A SOP is a complex document. The writer must deal not only with the steps required in an operation, but also with the nature of the task, the ability of the worker to accomplish the task, and the worker’s ability to follow instructions and understand the risk of each assignment and the associated hazards. A SOP is, and should be, as much a training document as a tool.

This course teaches students to plan, develop and ultimately write a standard operating procedure. Students will define a laboratory activity and its requirements and performance sequence. Then, using this information, students will create a SOP to best communicate the information.

Prospective and current employees who might benefit from this course include: research technicians, animal handlers, pharmaceutical operators, or manufacturing assistants would benefit from taking this mini-course.