USP <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding - Sterile Preparations for Compounding Professionals

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The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Board Certified Sterile Compounding Pharmacist (BCSCP) pharmacy certification examination in the fall of 2019 will be based on the current version of USP Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations (2008). This new 6.5-hour online interactive training program will prepare compounding professionals to sit for the examination. Developed in partnership with the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), this training describes the scope of USP <797>, outlines the responsibilities of compounders, defines the criteria for component selection, and describes the facility requirements for sterile compounding.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Distinguish between low-, medium- and high-risk Compounded Sterile Preparations (CSPs)
  2. List the beyond-use dates (BUD) for low-, medium- and high-risk CSPs
  3. Describe the situations where immediate-use CSPs are appropriate and describe the BUD
  4. Define the elements of a cleanroom, including primary and secondary engineering controls
  5. List the precautions needed for compounding hazardous drugs
  6. List the requirements for semiannual re-certification of sterile preparation areas
  7. List the personnel, facility and equipment requirements
  8. Differentiate between viable and non-viable monitoring
  9. Identify the steps to take if microbial contamination is identified

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 0202-0000-19-231-H07-P

To obtain credit for completing USP <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations 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 <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations 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.