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View in Spanish: Procedimiento Normalizado de Trabajo

Standard Operating Procedure (… AH-puh-RAY-ting proh-SEE-jer)
Written instructions for doing a specific task in a certain way. In clinical trials, Standard Operating Procedures are set up to store records, collect data, screen and enroll subjects, and submit Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and renewals. Also called SOP.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.