Hierarchical SOP Template
Introduction: How to Use This Tool
This template serves as an example of a hierarchical Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for
preparing new SOPs. A hierarchical SOP involves a higher level of detail and is best suited to
more complex tasks that don’t require a lot of decision making. This document is meant as
guidance and should not be considered inclusive. Each unique enterprise must make changes as
needed to reflect its specific organization. Delete this and any other grey text and replace the
information in square brackets.
Title: Preparation of New Standard Operating Procedures
Security Level: Public Document No.:
SOP Author/Owner SOP Approver Effective Date: 11/01/2007
Name: Name: Review Date: 11/01/2010
Signature: Signature: Supersedes: [Document No.
Insert a brief description of what this document is to achieve. This SOP outlines the steps taken
to prepare SOPs for [company name]. This procedure ensures consistency across SOPs.
Define to whom this document applies. This SOP applies to all employees of [company name].
List the people responsible for complying with this document. More specific responsibilities can
be outlined in the procedural steps. The individual department managers are responsible for
ensuring that their direct reports are following this procedure. Review of the SOP is the
responsibility of the SOP author/owner. Other responsibilities are outlined in Section 8. For further
information on this SOP, please contact [SOP author/owner] at [e-mail address or other contact
4. Changes Since Last Revision
List any applicable changes.