Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation:
ACHC administers Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) accreditation for non-sterile and sterile pharmacy compounding. PCAB accreditation assesses the compounding process based on a specific set of standards that concentrate on the quality and consistency of medications produced. PCAB accredits pharmacies that dispense medications pursuant to a prescription order for an individually-identified patient for the following pharmacy services:
Non-Sterile Pharmacy Compounding (CFNS):
Non-Sterile Pharmacy Compounding is a process by which a Pharmacist prepares drugs by combining, mixing, or altering ingredients into a pharmaceutical preparation. These preparations are designed to be administered by a route of administration that does not require sterility as result of a practitioner’s prescription drug order. Compounding includes the preparation of drugs in anticipation of receiving prescription drug orders based on routine, regularly-observed prescribing patterns.
About USP <800>
USP General Chapter <800> provides standards for safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients and the environment.
USP General Chapter <800> describes requirements including responsibilities of personnel handling hazardous drugs (as defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)); facility and engineering controls; procedures for deactivating, decontaminating and cleaning; spill control; and documentation. These standards apply to all healthcare personnel who receive, prepare, administer, transport or otherwise come in contact with hazardous drugs and all the environments in which they are handled.