High Time to rate your Standard Operating Procedures?

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Review of  Standard Operating Procedure

Importance of standard operating procedures introduced you to the need for awareness of SOP’s and self introspection on your contribution to your team by following the guidelines therein. Such awareness also helps you appreciate the bigger role of your organization, its quality objectives and goals.

Each section has a subset of Standard Operating Procedures that relate to its activities. It is not expected of you to go through each and every SOP of the organization but at least you would are expected to have awareness and understanding of your section or division’s SOP’s as they have relevance to your routine activities.

In the present article I shall briefly cover some critical laboratory activities which have a significant bearing on reliability and accuracy of your analytical data. It is virtually impossible to imagine a laboratory without Standard Operating Procedures covering these important areas

I wish to give you a small exercise. Review the available SOP’s on the topics covered and rate the content coverage in terms of its contribution towards achieving its objective of reliance on reported values.

Critical areas of activity:

  • Training – adequate working knowledge of technique, processes and operations
  • Weighing – proper weighing practices and balance calibration
  • Dilutions – serial dilutions practices, correct use of micropipettes
  • Calibration – calibration schedule and practices adopted for instrument as well as volumetric glassware
  • Maintenance – upkeep of instrument through specified maintenance schedules at defined intervals.

Hope you agree with me that all the mentioned activities contribute critically to the reliability and accuracy of your results Please do take some time to go through the related SOP’s and rate the coverage on a scale ranging from 1(inadequate) to 10(complete satisfaction) and do not forget to list out your suggestions for improvement.

No doubt you will find it difficult to spare your valuable time for the review but a little effort will result in a win-win situation for yourself and your organization. You will pick up some useful tips which you might have overlooked in the past and your suggestions will be appreciated by your superiors and the Standard Operating Procedures could be revised on the basis of your recommendations.

Please feel free to offer your views and comments on the article.

About Dr. Deepak Bhanot

Dr Deepak Bhanot is a seasoned professional having nearly 30 years expertise beginning from sales and product support of analytical instruments. After completing his graduation and post graduation from Delhi University and IIT Delhi he went on to Loughborough University of Technology, UK for doctorate research in analytical chemistry. His mission is to develop training programs on analytical techniques and share his experiences with broad spectrum of users ranging from professionals engaged in analytical development and research as well as young enthusiasts fresh from academics who wish to embark upon a career in analytical industry.

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