AnnouncementCOVID-19 ResourceImportance of SOP and Sample SOP for COVID-19 - SFPM FOOD CONSULTING | SFPM CONSULTING

July 31, 2020by Felicia Loo

SOP or Standard Operating Procedure is a document that details the processes, procedures, responsibility, purpose of the procedures, monitoring and deviation procedures and the record relevant to the procedure.

Why is SOP important?

SOP is important for a few reasons

  • Documenting standard processes and provide guidelines for corrective actions when a deviation occurs
  • Provide general guidelines for keeping predictable processes
  • Can be a supportive document for certain regulatory requirements

Evaluating if Your SOP works?

You may be asking if an SOP is important, how do we know if our SOP is working? At SFPM Consulting, when we evaluate an SOP, we evaluate these factors:

  • Employee following documented SOP, ie. Procedure for the SOP is the same as implemented employee practices
  • An outsider can understand and follow the procedures just by reading the SOP
  • SOP training performed effectively
  • Documented SOP meet process requirements and other relevant regulatory requirements
  • The SOP is supported by documented records.

Good practices when it comes to SOP

  • Consult the user for the SOP when writing SOP to ensure that the procedures are implementable.
  • During a procedure change, remember to update the SOP and provide training to all affected users. Document the training.
  • SOP reviews to be conducted annually to determine if the implemented procedures are the documented procedures, or when changes occur.

Along with COVID-19, we have drafted a simple to follow COVID-19 SOP (available for download for free here). Also, checkout Work Safe BC resources for returning to work. Please let us know how this SOP works for you.

Work Safe BC resources:
https://www.worksafebc.com/en/forms-resources#sort=%40fcomputeditemdatefield343%20descending&f:language-facet=[English]&tags=Covid-19|a96b6c96607345c481bb8621425ea03f

by Felicia Loo

Felicia Loo, CFS, is a Certified Food Scientist and registered SQF Consultant. Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSc. Food Science along with a minor in Commerce, she is keen to help small and medium food business thrive in their food safety management system (i.e. meeting Return of Investment for investment on food safety program). She has worked with numerous food businesses, including natural health products, bakeries and desserts, fruit juices production, fresh produce, confectionery and many more to develop customized and improved food safety programs. She has worked with different food safety and regulatory schemes such as SQF, ISO 22000, Primus GFS, Organic, Kosher and Health Canada (Natural Health Product).

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