SOP - stands for "Standard Operating Procedure". This refers to a well defined document that is used as a "how to" tool. This does not mean that it is used in the context of a simple tutorial tool, but more as a control directive on how to do things appropriately - whether it is taking inventory, or stepping in and out of a laboratory.
While it helps a lot in teaching and training employees, it also helps the company to standardize practices, so that adherence to quality is achieved easily.
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If you work in the medical devices/biotech industry expect to be reading, training and sometimes authoring your own SOPs.
that clears up some doubts!
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