Non-Sterile Compounding: USP and Best Practices

Non-Sterile Compounding: USP and Best Practices

Activity Preview

Get the latest updates from the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), including the key requirements in implementing USP General Chapters  (Pharmaceutical Compounding–Nonsterile Preparations) in your pharmacy as well as risk mitigation strategies in USP General Chapter  (Hazardous Drugs–Handling in Healthcare Settings).

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, the pharmacist and pharmacy technician will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of key personnel and environmental requirements when compounding nonsterile preparations.
  2. Explain risk management strategies for handling hazardous drugs, including those in U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention General Chapter.
  3. List important elements on a certificate of analysis.
  4. Identify challenges pharmacies may encounter when compounding practices are surveyed by regulators and surveyors.

    Activity type: Knowledge-based

    Learning level: 2

    Audience: Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

    Accreditation Information

    The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.20 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Numbers for this activity is 0202-0000-18-033-H07-P/T.  

    To obtain credit for "Non-Sterile Compounding: USP and Best Practices," complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, evaluation questions, and CLAIM credit. Participants will need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After your credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

    APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education examination. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the examination a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

    Individuals who participated in the live version of this activity held March 17, 2018, in Nashville, Tennesse may NOT receive credit for the home-study version of this activity.

    Initial release date: March 17, 2018
    Expiration date: March 17, 2021 NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE


    "Non-Sterile Compounding: USP and Best Practices” is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


    Patricia Kienle and Brenda Jensen declare no conflicts of interest, real or apparent, and no financial interests in any company, product, or service mentioned in this program, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria.

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

    System Requirements

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