HD Policies and Procedures


December 2020 : USP <800> - Vol.17 No. 12 - Page #6

There is continual improvement in the number of facilities that provide an HD Risk Acknowledgment form to staff—both men and women—who are capable of reproduction and come into contact with HDs.


The ASHP and Critical Point gap analysis tools are the most popular options for identifying shortfalls in USP <800> compliant handling practices. The homegrown option is typically utilized by larger facilities.


Implementing a medical surveillance program for staff working with HDs remains challenging for facilities of all sizes. Program implementation does correlate strongly with confidence levels in compliance: Fifty-nine percent of facilities that report having achieved full compliance to USP <800> also have an HD Medical Surveillance program in place.

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