When Choosing a Compounding Pharmacy Look for the Designation “PCAB Accredited® Compounding Pharmacy”
PCAB accreditation means the pharmacy has independent, external validation that it meets nationally accepted quality assurance, quality control, and quality improvement standards.
PCAB’s national standards are based on the consensus of industry experts of those elements that should exist in a pharmacy that adheres to high quality standards. While all pharmacies must be licensed, PCAB accredited pharmacies have gone the “extra mile” to assure quality.
In order to demonstrate compliance with PCAB standards and earn PCAB accreditation, pharmacies voluntarily participate in an off-site and on-site evaluation process that includes:
- Verification by PCAB that the pharmacy is not on probation for issues related to compounding quality, public safety or controlled substances.
- Verification that the pharmacy is properly licensed in each state it does business in.
- An extensive on-site evaluation by a PCAB surveyor, all of whom are compounding pharmacists trained in evaluating compliance with PCAB’s quality standards. For example, this evaluation includes:
- An assessment of the pharmacy’s system for assuring and maintaining staff competency.
- A review of facilities and equipment.
- Review of records and procedures required to prepare quality compounded medications.
- Verification that the pharmacy uses ingredients from FDA registered and or licensed sources.
- Review of the pharmacy’s program for testing compounded preparations.
Only when a pharmacy has met PCAB’s rigorous standards, is accreditation issued.
PCAB accreditation means the pharmacy has independent, outside validation that it meets nationally accepted quality assurance, quality control, and quality improvement standards.
When choosing a compounding pharmacy, PCAB suggests looking for the designation “PCAB Accredited® compounding pharmacy” or the PCAB Seal.
Who are PCAB’s Founders?
PCAB was founded by a coalition of leading pharmacy related professional and regulatory organizations:
- American College of Apothecaries
- National Community Pharmacists Association
- American Pharmacists Association
- National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations
- International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists
- National Home Infusion Association
- National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
- United States Pharmacopeia
Are there other factors we should consider when selecting a compounding pharmacy?
Yes. The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (iacprx.org) has developed a compounding pharmacy assessment questionnaire that can help your practice evaluate each compounding pharmacy in detail.