HFAP unveils compounding pharmacy certification

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HFAP unveils compounding pharmacy certification

By Sandra Levy - 12/10/2018
HFAP, a healthcare accreditation program founded in 1945, is launching a Compounding Pharmacy Certification program that enables pharmacies to demonstrate their commitment to excellence and quality control.

Compounding pharmacies meticulously prepare, mix, assemble, alter, package and label medications and medical devices to meet the specifications of patient prescriptions and medical orders. Attention to detail is key, as the smallest of errors can lead to devastating consequences for patient health and safety. To ensure these preparations are successful, compounding pharmacies must establish a risk management protocol that keeps patient safety and quality of services top-of-mind.

“With a focus on accuracy and consistency, the HFAP Compounding Pharmacies Certification Standards provide guidance on how best to assess and reduce risk,” CAE director of accreditation/certification operations, Marci Ramahi, said. “While a certification is not required, the HFAP program aims to instill best practices into everyday activities, ensuring pharmacies and specialized pharma products meet the highest standards of quality.”

During the on-site HFAP survey, the surveyor will provide an overview of the process, review all required information and assess compliance with the applicable standards through written documentation, responses to interview questions and direct observation.

The HFAP standards for Compounding Pharmacy Certification are divided into three sections: governance functions, clinical functions and support functions, with the clinical requirements adapted from the USP Compounding Compendium and segmented into two subcategories of sterile and non-sterile compounding.

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