Please contact your IHB Immunization Healthcare Specialist with any questions regarding Standard
Operating Procedures, or you can contact the quality-improvement professionals at
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Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are a set of general instructions that describe
who, what, where, when and how to operate in a functional area. Wherever you work
in the medical field, you can expect to find an SOP. If your immunization clinic
doesn't have one or wants to improve its current one, you can use the section titles
below to begin to build your SOP templates. The key topics are:
A thorough SOP will enable a medically trained individual from another facility
to perform a task according to local standards using your procedure.
Hint: Keep it simple. If you can’t understand it, it won’t help anyone who comes
in to perform the same job you do.
The Medical Director at your facility should review your clinic’s SOPs annually
and update them as appropriate. Staff should document their annual review of SOPs
in their Personal Competency Assessment File.
If you think you have a good SOP (or a better SOP) and would like to share it with
others around the world, please send your e-files to
Immunization Healthcare Branch (IHB)
7700 Arlington Blvd.
Falls Church, VA 22042-5143
(877) GET-VACC or (877) 438-8222