Environmental Monitoring Air Sampling

Best Practices for Environmental Monitoring

Led by Latousha (Tasha) P. Jackson, BS, PharmD, BCSCP and Adam West, RCP-SCF, NSF-49 accreditation, an Environmental Monitoring and Training Specialist.

$2,860 / year

Virtual Training

Earn up to 17.5 hours of ACPE-accredited CE

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Program Overview

This training program delivers high-quality, cost-effective education to pharmacy personnel and leaders while covering environmental monitoring requirements, incubation and reading samples, interpreting final results, and more.

Participants can complete content at their own pace over 12 months from the date of purchase. This includes the option to choose when they attend their required live webinar session. 

Participants will have the option to select between one of the following 2024 dates to attend the live webinar, All About Sampling (11a-2p PT), and earn 3 hours of live credit from this virtual training:

  • Thursday, May 2, 2024
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2024
  • Monday, July 8, 2024
  • Tuesday, August 20, 2024
  • Thursday, September 19, 2024
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2024
  • Thursday, November 14, 2024
  • Monday, December 2, 2024

Participants will earn up to 17.5 hours of ACPE-accredited CE, including the 3 live credits, 8.5 hours of on-demand webinars, and 6 hours of interactive CE. Content includes lively discussions as well as practical learning exercises that simulate real-life work scenarios.

Course Curriculum

Overview of Environmental Monitoring (1 hr ACPE credit)

Learn about essential components of an environmental monitoring program, including processes for viable air and surface sampling.

Viable Air and Surface Sampling (1 hr ACPE credit)

Review viable air and surface sampling and the correct sequence for these as part of an overall engineering monitoring program.

Investigation and Remediation of Viable Environmental Monitoring and Personnel Sampling Excursions (2 hr ACPE credit)

Learn about common microorganisms in sterile compounding environments and how to investigate, document, and remediate a microbial excursion.

Hand Hygiene and Garbing for Sterile Compounding (1 hr ACPE credit)

Review requirements for hand hygiene and the use of garbs when performing sterile compounding.

Best Practices for USP 797 Material Handling (1 hr ACPE credit)

Learn about proper material handling and its role in reducing the bioburden introduced into the primary and secondary engineering controls (PECs and SECs)

Choosing a Laboratory (USP 797) (0.5 hr ACPE credit)

Learn specific regulatory features and quality characteristics when choosing a suitable laboratory vendor.

Creating an Effective and Compliant Environmental Monitoring Program (USP 797) (0.75 hr ACPE credit)

Learn about critical aspects of creating a robust, effective environmental monitoring program.

Developing a Sampling Plan (USP 797) (0.75 hr ACPE credit)

Master the steps of sampling plan development while considering locations that pose the greatest risk to the CSP.

Investigation and Remediation (USP 797) (1 hr ACPE credit)

Explore investigation and remediation strategies and how they support a successful environmental monitoring program.

Trending Environmental Monitoring Data (1 hr ACPE credit)

Discover the importance of trending and how the data benefits the overall EM program.

General Concepts of Environmental Monitoring (1 hr ACPE credit)

Acquire the fundamental concepts of creating and maintaining an environmental monitoring program.

Air and Surface Sampling Technique (USP 797) (1 hr ACPE credit)

Receive a practical understanding of performing viable air and surface sampling.

USP 797 Garbing and Best Practice for Donning Sterile Gloves (1 hr ACPE credit)

Learn about garbing requirements and tools to master donning sterile gloves for nonhazardous sterile compounding.

USP 797 Sampling Session Workflow (0.75 hr ACPE credit)

Explore critical elements of performing an environmental monitoring sampling session and documentation for laboratory submission.

Incubation and Reading Samples (USP 797) (0.75 hr ACPE credit)

Review the required incubation parameters and learn proper methods of analyzing growth on sample plates.

All About Sampling (3 hr live, ACPE credit)

Learn about sampling requirements, including best practices for collecting and reading samples.

Training Objectives

Get Extensive Environmental Monitoring Education. Receive a comprehensive education on developing an environmental monitoring program to gain the ability of insource testing for your facility.

Drive Pharmacy Results With Advanced Expertise. Deepen your understanding of environmental monitoring requirements, from developing and executing meaningful air and surface sampling to analyzing and interpreting the final results.

Receive High-Quality Instruction. Strengthen your environmental monitoring knowledge while learning from true subject matter experts and covering topics such as incubation and reading samples, choosing a laboratory, and trending environmental data.

Additional Training Benefits

  • Level of Expertise. Those who attend the virtual training should already have mastered hand hygiene and garbing since those skills will not be taught but will be required to know for this training event.
  • Training Content. Theoretical and scientific underpinnings will be communicated through engaging lectures and will ensure that participants have the opportunity to test what they’ve learned as well as practice and master skills within the virtual training environment.

CriticalPoint FAQ

Currently, CriticalPoint is designed specifically for pharmacists, technicians, and anyone with roles in compounding responsibility or oversight.  We also offer training specifically tailored for state and regulatory inspectors with compounding area responsibility.
Yes, pharmacists and technicians can earn ACPE CE credit for each course they complete in each program (excluding our Field Certification program). Programs vary in length depending on the topic. See program details for more information.
Our CriticalPoint programs include both eLearning and Virtual Training programs.  Our eLearning programs are a self-study format, while our virtual training programs include a combination of self-study, on-demand webinars, and live webinars that allow the learner to interact with our industry expert facilitators.
You have access for 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be completed before access expires.
Program pricing varies depending on delivery type (eLearning vs Virtual Training) and program size. Bulk pricing with discounts is available for enterprise clients, including an “All Access” option.
Each program is reviewed annually for critical guideline updates, and we release new program versions every 2-3 years. Pharmacists and technicians who purchase directly through our website will get the latest version at the time of purchase. Pharmacy leaders who purchase an enterprise subscription will be notified before we move any staff to the latest version.
Once a virtual training program is completed, you will receive a printable Statement of Completion for the program. You can list your completed training on LinkedIn, Doximity, or other professional networking profiles.  All courses completed as part of any program (including our eLearning programs) are also archived in the learner’s CE and Training Organizer for future reference and are reported to CPE Monitor.
Best practices recommended in the current version of all CriticalPoint programs meet and exceed the most current USP standards covered in USP <795>, <797>, and <800>, including all standards enacted in November 2023.
CriticalPoint gives pharmacists and technicians an edge with efficient, relevant, affordable training delivered by expert faculty that help deepen knowledge and practical skills in compounding. CriticalPoint also helps pharmacy leaders and administrators ensure and document staff competency with assignments, completion reports, benchmark reports, and more.