Standard Operating Procedure (SOP): Purpose, Content & Structure


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What is the purpose of a standard operating procedure?

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1. Gina and her team wrote an SOP for her organization a few years back. However, Gina was recently informed of an update to the law, which now affects the regulations this SOP addresses. She plans to delegate the revision of this SOP to one of her employees. Which section needs to be addressed?

2. A _____ is a step-by-step procedure on how an individual should complete a technical or routine task that is followed by an industry or a business.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet assessment is a quick tool you can use to measure your understanding of how and why SOP is used. You must be familiar with elements and the structure of SOPs to do well on this brief quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Your ability to do the following will be determined when you use this quiz:

  • Explain the purpose of a standard operating procedure
  • Identify which section of an older SOP would need to be revised according to new regulations
  • Note the term described as a step-by-step procedure outlining how to complete a task in an industry or business
  • Name the section of an SOP in which one would address a task meant to remove any obstacles and ensure a positive end result to a procedure
  • List elements typically found within an SOP

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the purpose of an SOP and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the section of an SOP that addresses regulations
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as elements contained in an SOP

Additional Learning

Expand your knowledge of this topic by studying the lesson called Standard Operating Procedure (SOP): Purpose, Content & Structure. You can learn such details as:

  • What SOPs provide and help ensure
  • In which fields SOPs are particularly important
  • How SOPs are structured
  • What the summary of method section of a SOP addresses
  • Which section would cover retesting and recalibrating instruments