I mentioned previously that USP General Chapter <800> â€“Â Hazardous Drugsâ€”Handling in Healthcare Settings has been approved and will be published February 1, 2016. Thankfully, the Compounding Expert Committee approved a delayed official implementation until July 1, 2018. Obviously, the committee felt that enforcing Chapter <800> sooner would create a hardship on systems that arenâ€™t close to being ready and need the added time to make changes.
There is going to be a lot of confusion around USP <800>, and for that reason, I will be proactively learning about its impact on healthcare systems and how it differs from the current version of USP <797>.
First up on my learn-about-USP<800> list for 2016 is a webinar – The Missing Link: Practical Tips for Preparing for USP 800 â€“ sponsored by Pharmacy OneSource. According to the webinar site: â€œIn this webinar, Patricia C. Kienle, RPh, MPA, FASHP and Eric S. Kastango, MBA, BSPharm, FASHP will provide practical tips to assure compliance with upcoming USP Chapter 800 Hazardous Drugs: Handling in Healthcare Settings. Facilities, PPE, personnel training, and environmental monitoring will be discussed. The link between USP Chapters 795, 797, and 800 will be explained.â€Â Patricia and Eric are both leading experts in this field and typically have great insight into sterile compounding regulation. Itâ€™s definitely worth an hour of your time.
The webinar is scheduled forÂ on Wednesday, January 13.
You can get more information onÂ General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugsâ€”Handling in Healthcare Settings to be Published in USP 39â€“NF 34, First SupplementÂ here.