PCAB Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation
PCAB Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation is a service of ACHC that assesses the non-sterile and sterile pharmacy compounding process as defined by a specific set of standards that concentrate on the quality and consistency of medications produced. As the demand for compounded medications has increased, the pharmaceutical profession recognized a need for a system of standards by which each compounding pharmacy can test its quality processes. Compounding pharmacists also wanted a mechanism to allow them to know that they are producing a high quality compound, and in doing so, providing the best quality to their patients. PCAB Accreditation gives patients, prescribers, and payors a way to select a pharmacy that has been evaluated against quality standards, including those published by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).
PCAB accredits the following compounding services for medications that are prepared pursuant to a prescription order for an individually-identified patient: Non-Sterile Compounding (CFNS):
Non-Sterile Compounding is a process by which a Pharmacist prepares drugs by combining, mixing, or altering ingredients into a pharmaceutical preparation. These preparations are designed to be administered by a route of administration that does not require sterility as result of a practitioner’s prescription drug order. Compounding includes the preparation of drugs in anticipation of receiving prescription drug orders based on routine, regularly-observed prescribing patterns. Sterile Compounding (CFST):
Sterile Compounding is the practice of preparing custom medications for patients in a sterile environment to prevent contamination and maintain patient safety. PCAB Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation for sterile compounding involves measuring a specific set of process standards that concentrate on the quality and consistency of medications that are produced.