That about concludes our series on the SOP lifecycle.
Regulations may require them as part of the compliance (OSHA, SOX, EPA, DOT, FDA).
If it is Critical To Quality (CTQ) than it is a candidate for a standard operating procedure.
Consistency is the goal or purpose of an SOP, to carry out all operations correctly and always in the same manner.
A good SOP isn’t arduous to read and it allows anyone to get on with the task at hand with confidence.
SOPs are most effective when they are not too wordy, long winded, or vague – as vagueness often increases the likelihood of errors or inconsistency.