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Council approves Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Hazardous Sterile Preparations

September 21, 2016

ACP council has approved NAPRA’s Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Hazardous Sterile Preparations for adoption in Alberta, including an implementation schedule. The first requirements will come into effect on October 1, 2017. More details about council’s decision and implementation plan will be further explained in next month’s issue of ACP News.

Council based the implementation schedule on:

1.     relative risk to patients,

2.     the resources/expenditures required for compliance, and

3.     implementation schedules being considered in other Canadian provinces.

These standards are the first of three compounding standards council is addressing. All, have been developed nationally by NAPRA – based on USP standards, and modelled after existing standards in Quebec. The standards address product safety and integrity, patient safety, and the safety of pharmacy personnel.

In December, council will consider the adoption of national model standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Hazardous Sterile Preparations, and a schedule for coming into effect.

The third suite of compounding standards addressing non-sterile preparations has just been approved by council for the purpose of external review and consultation. An invitation to provide feedback will be sent to you by ACP early next week. We look forward to your comments, as it is these standards that will impact most pharmacy practices. 

Originally published in the September 21, 2016 issue of The Link