Sterile Compounding Exam Review Webinars: USP <797> Sterile Preparations

Activity Preview

These series of webinars, 12 modules, discuss key sterile compounding standards in USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations. The course will

  • Describe the scope and purpose of USP <797>, the microbial contamination risk levels, and methods of sterilization. 
  • Describe the facility and engineering control requirements for the sterile compounding areas as well as the environmental monitoring requirements.
  • Outline the personnel training, garbing, and assessment requirements and the quality control and quality assurance processes to ensure quality compounded preparations.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Distinguish between low-, medium-, and high- risk Compounded Sterile Preparations (CSPs)
  • List the Beyond-use Dates (BUD) for low-, medium-, and high- risk CSPs
  • Describe the situations where immediate-use CSPs are appropriate and the BUD
  • Define the elements of a cleanroom, including primary and secondary engineering controls
  • List the precautions needed for compounding hazardous drugs
  • List the requirements for semiannual certification of sterile preparation areas
  • List the personnel, facilities, and equipment requirements.
  • Differentiate viable and non-viable monitoring
  • Identify the steps to take if microbial isolates are 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 0202-0000-20-340-H07-P.

To obtain credit for completing Sterile Compounding Exam Review Webinar: USP <797> Sterile Preparations, the participant must complete all the modules in full, complete the evaluation, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password and a CPE Monitor account to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript 

Initial release date: 10/06/2020
Expiration date to claim credit: 10/06/2023 - No credit can be claimed after this date


Sterile Compounding Exam Review Webinar: USP <797> Sterile Preparations is an online educational activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association and the U.S. Pharmacopeia. © 2020 American Pharmacists Association and U.S. Pharmacopeia


USP staff disclosures, if any, will be included in webinar activity. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at


The fee for this activity is $260 for both APhA members and non-members

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.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-20-340-H07-P 0.65 CEUs October 06, 2020 - October 06, 2023