Standard Operating Procedure Writing Guide

This free SOP writing Guide sets out, in general terms, basic step-by-step SOP writing instructions for individuals working in food processing, food production and retail food industries.


  • Learn what SOPs are and how they fit into prerequisite (PRP) programs and other food safety programs
  • Learn how to create and manipulate an SOP template
  • ​Create facility specific SOPs

Learning Objective

At the end of this Guide you should:

  • Understand the appropriate elements of an SOP
  • Understand legal and industry requirements / standards are for SOP documents and their retention
  • Understand which PRPs benefit from using an SOP
  • Understand how to write the essential elements of an SOP specific to your facility
  • Understand how to maintain your SOPs
  • Understand how to verify your SOPs