A standard operating procedure, or SOP, is a set of step-by-step instructions compiled by an organization to help workers carry out routine operations.
An organization or organisation is an entity comprising multiple people, such as an institution or an association, that has a collective goal and is linked to an external environment.
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SOPs aim to achieve efficiency, quality output and uniformity of performance, while reducing miscommunication and failure to comply with industry regulations.
Communication is the act of conveying intended meanings from one entity or group to another through the use of mutually understood signs and semiotic rules.
Regulation is an abstract concept of management of complex systems according to a set of rules and trends.
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The U.S. military sometimes uses the term standing – rather than standard – operating procedure, because a military SOP refers to a unit's unique procedures, which are not necessarily standard to another unit.
The United States Armed Forces are the federal armed forces of the United States.