A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is a document that outlines a series of steps or procedures to be followed for a particular activity or process. It is a set of instructions that guides employees or stakeholders in carrying out a task or activity in a consistent and standardized manner. SOPs are often used in highly regulated industries such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices to ensure that processes are carried out safely, efficiently, and effectively. They may cover a range of topics such as quality control, risk management, equipment maintenance, and training procedures, among others. The purpose of an SOP is to ensure that all relevant parties are on the same page and that the process is carried out in a repeatable and auditable way.
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