USP <800> Hazardous Drugs - Handling in Healthcare Settings for Compounding Professionals

Activity Preview

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Board Certified Sterile Compounding Pharmacist (BCSCP) pharmacy certification examination in the fall of 2019 will include USP Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings. This new 6.5-hour online interactive training program will prepare eligible compounding professionals to sit for the examination. Developed in partnership with the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), this training describes the scope of USP <800> by outlining quality standards and responsibilities of personnel for handling hazardous drugs (HDs) to help ensure patient and health care worker safety and environmental protection.


Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the value and scope of USP <800>
  2. Identify where to find a list identifying the types of HDs, the associated types of potential exposure and where exposure may occur
  3. Design an assessment of risk
  4. Outline the responsibilities of personnel who handle HDs
  5. Recognize protection requirements, including personal protective equipment, training, and facilities and engineering controls
  6. Identify special considerations necessary when handling HDs, such as while receiving, transporting, storing, compounding, labeling, packaging, disposing, dispensing of and administering them
  7. Describe documentation, communication and surveillance program standards for HDs
  8. Define environmental quality control, proper cleaning and spill management

Activity type: Application-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists 

Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following activity is approved for 6.5 contact hours of CPE credit (0.65 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-19-232-H07-P

To obtain credit for completing USP <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings for Compounding Professionals, complete the activity, evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.   

Initial release date: August 1, 2019

Expiration date to claim credit for LIVE webinar: August 1, 2022 


USP <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings for Compounding Professionals is an online educational activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association and the U.S. Pharmacopeia. 


APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association. 


There is a $260 fee associated with this activity. 

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.