Work Instruction vs Standard Operating Procedure

What is the difference between a Work Instruction and a Standard Operating Procedure?


A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) provides what will be done and who will be responsible for making sure it gets done.

A Work Instruction provides specific details on how it is done.

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Layer 1 Quality Policy Quality Manual Procedures Work Instructions Checklists, Forms


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