Standard operating procedures

for the prevention, detection and investigation of environmental crimes

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) provide details of regular work processes followed within an organisation and/or between organisations. They document the way activities are to be performed in order to facilitate consistent conformity with technical and quality system requirements. The development and use of SOPs minimises variation and promotes quality through the consistent implementation of a process or procedure within the organisation, even if there are temporary or permanent personnel changes. Ultimately, the benefits of a valid SOP are reduced work effort, clarity, credibility, legal defensibility and improved inter-institutional cooperation.