Developing a USP <800> Compliance Gap Analysis
January 2017 - Vol. 14 No. 1 - Page #10

In February 2016, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) published USP <800>, which defines processes for handling hazardous drugs (HDs) in health care settings, with the intention of promoting patient and staff safety and protecting the environment. The scope of USP <800> extends to all personnel who compound and administer HD preparations, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, nurses, environmental services, as well as any other areas that receive, store, compound, dispense, administer, and/or dispose of HDs. To become compliant with the new chapter, many—if not most—facilities will need to make updates or change the way they store and prepare hazardous medications, for both sterile and non-sterile compounding, and review physical design and ventilation systems for compliance.

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