Pharmacies and pharmacy professionals were expected to have completed Phase 2 of the new compounding standards by the end of May 2019.
The College would like to remind pharmacies and pharmacy professionals involved in sterile compounding that the second phase of the Model Standards for Pharmacy Sterile Compounding should be completed by May 2019. Learn more in this #ReadLinks article: https://t.co/iamTXRcSuk pic.twitter.com/WcklF4YdW7
— BC Pharmacists (@BCPharmacists) April 2, 2019
The College has set out a four-year implementation plan for pharmacies and pharmacy professionals to adopt the new model standards for pharmacy compounding recently released by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).
Phase 3 includes adopting the following standards as outlined by NAPRA:
- Beyond-use date
- Incident and accident management
- Waste management Program content
- Results and action levels
- Verification of equipment and facilities
- Quality assurance of personnel
- Quality assurance of compounded sterile preparation
- Documentation of quality control activities
The deadline for implementing this phase of the new compounding standards was May 2020.
The College’s existing bylaws and policies will remain in place until the implementation deadline of May 2021 (i.e., after the four-year implementation period is complete). The College expects pharmacies and pharmacy professionals to address gaps and update their practice during this four-year period and be in full compliance with the Model Standards once the bylaw amendments come into effect.
The new standards include The Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-hazardous Sterile Preparations, and The Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Hazardous Sterile Preparations.