A standard operating procedure (SOP) is a company’s documented method for its business processes. An SOP typically emphasizes the legal and regulatory issues associated with the process.
A company’s efficiency is dependent upon there being a single source of truth for how to perform tasks. Not only does this make sure that everyone’s on the same page, it’s also essential for surviving an audit. Of course, SOPs are only as good as the system used to create and manage them.
As with most business processes, things dramatically improve when you move from paper to electronic. An electronic SOP offers many improvements over its paper-based predecessor. The SOPs can all be kept in a centralized location and accessed from anywhere. A digital SOP can also keep track of revisions and make sure the most current SOP is the only one available to employees.
To optimize electronic SOPs, businesses need to invest in an SOP management tool. These tools provide the following benefits:
It is possible to move away from outdated, disconnected, and inefficient SOP management practices. Electronic SOP software solutions are part of MasterControl’s content management suite. The suite includes easy-to-use, fully integrated applications that can be configured to meet the unique needs of small, mid-sized, and large companies. These solutions help companies establish compliant SOP management systems so they are always ready for inspections and audits.
Organizations all over the world use MasterControl software solutions to ensure compliance – including organizations that enforce compliance. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) became a MasterControl customer in 2009. Since then, the FDA has expanded its use and now multiple divisions of the agency use MasterControl software solutions.