Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are the basis for a large part of the day-to-day training that most pharmaceutical employees are required to perform, and are a vital component of ensuring compliance with regulatory agency requirements for pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Pharmaceutical employees often do not realize that by putting their processes in writing, they are making commitments to regulatory agencies. To achieve the goal of an SOP that has adequate but not excessive detail, the course will define the parameters of an effective SOP and provide a solid foundation that will have a positive impact on training and job performance. Conversely, the negative impact of poorly written procedures on production and compliance will also be explored. To achieve these ends, the course will explain the use of process excellence tools, as well as interaction with the SOP process owner and/or author to create a robust process and procedure. In addition, the course will demonstrate how to avoid common pitfalls in revising existing procedures.

It is not widely understood how the writing of a procedure can have a positive or negative impact on training. In this course you will also learn the vital connection between the documentation and training spheres, and how to maximize this connection to improve the quality of both SOPs and training. The training department needs to be in the loop at the start of the SOP development process, so that the SOP and training content can be written with the learner in mind, using adult learning principles and consistent terminology.

There is a relationship between SOPs, training curricula and employees’ qualification to perform their tasks. Through this course you will also learn how to integrate SOPs effectively into these curricula, which is the proof to internal auditors and regulatory agencies that job positions are correctly identified and documentation exists to demonstrate employees’ qualification to perform their tasks independently.

This course will also show you how to perform ongoing assessments of learners’ retention of knowledge of SOP content for continuous improvement and avoidance of procedural deviations, using the tools already available in your company’s training software.

Learning Objectives:
  • To improve the writing of SOPs for more effective training and reduction of errors.
  • To understand the regulatory implications of what is written in an SOP
  • To learn the parameters of an effective SOP
  • To distinguish a well-written SOP from a poorly written one
  • To define processes better by effective interaction with the SOP process owner and/or author
  • To integrate the SOP effectively into the position curricula of employees
  • To explore the connection between SOPs and job performance, and measure retention of SOP content at the training stage

  • Regulatory requirements for SOPs
    • Using process excellence tools to create a robust process and procedure
    • What commitments you make when you put your process in writing
    • Keeping training in mind while writing procedures
    • Consequences of noncompliance
  • Define the parameters of an effective SOP
    • How your foundation keeps subsequent steps from going awry
  • Why poorly written procedures have a negative impact on production
    • What identifies a poorly written procedure
    • Compliance risks with ambiguity or excessive detail
    • Avoiding pitfalls in revising SOPs
  • Interact with the SOP process owner/author to improve the writing of procedures
  • Integrate the SOP effectively into the position curricula of employees
    • Relationship between SOPs and employees’ training curricula
    • Why the training department needs to be in the loop at the start of the SOP development process
    • Relationship between SOPs, curricula and qualification to perform tasks
  • Retention of the content at the training stage
    • The implications of good training for successful SOP execution
    • Perform an ongoing assessment of knowledge retention of SOPs for continuous improvement
  • Review of learning objectives
  • Knowledge assessment
This course will be of benefit to anyone who is an owner of a process, responsible for writing or reviewing procedures, and/or managing training in a GMP environment. Pharmaceutical industry- particularly those areas that develop SOPs for the manufacturing or quality monitoring of pharmaceutical products, which would also include Information Technology (IT) employees who manage systems training

  • Quality Departments
  • Production Departments
  • Compliance Departments
  • Engineering Departments
  • R & D Departments
  • IT Departments
  • Management – essentially everyone in the organization who is tasked with creating or reviewing procedures