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Standard operating procedures

Kathleen P. Freeman DVM, PhD1, Jennifer R. Cook DVM, MS2, and Emma H. Hooijberg BVSc, PhD3
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  • 1 Synlab-VPG/Exeter, Exeter Science Park, Exeter EX5 2FN, England.
  • | 2 Idexx Laboratories Inc, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.
  • | 3 Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Hatfield 0028, South Africa.

Written SOPs are an essential part of ensuring production of accurate and reliable results in the in-clinic laboratory. Previous articles in this 5-part series summarized the overarching framework of the total quality management system, importance of quality planning, and important aspects of the facilities, training, and documentation needed for in-clinic laboratory testing. The purpose of this article is to provide information about SOPs, including their definition, purpose, and benefits; the various types of SOPs; and the headings and content commonly addressed in SOPs as relevant to in-clinic laboratories.

Definition of SOP

Standard operating procedures are defined as written documents

Supplementary Materials

    • Supplementary Appendix S1 (PDF 191 KB)

Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to Dr. Cook (jennifer-cook@idexx.com).