Compounding technique for hazardous drugs

Best Practices for Handling Hazardous Drugs

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

$2,500 / year

CE Hours:
13 hours of ACPE-accredited CE

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Program Overview

This training program reviews current regulations and best practices concerning all aspects of handling hazardous drugs (HDs) and is appropriate for medical, nursing, and pharmacy workers. Understanding these regulations will allow users to future-proof their facility and employ best work practices when performing both nonsterile and sterile HD handling.

Participants can complete content at their own pace over 12 months and can choose from multiple dates to attend the live session. 

Participants will earn up to 13 hours of ACPE-accredited CE, including 2 live credits, 6 hours of on-demand webinars, and 5 hours of interactive CE. Content includes lively discussions as well as practical learning exercises that simulate real-life work scenarios.

Course Curriculum

Hazardous Drug Overview (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Learn about health and occupational risks of exposure to hazardous drugs and strategies to implement for safe handling of hazardous drugs. 

Containment Primary and Secondary Engineering Controls (USP 795 and 797) (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Learn how containment engineering controls operate and function to protect you from hazardous drugs and their potentially damaging effects. 

Personal Protective Equipment for HD Handling for USP 795 and 797 Compounding (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Review the more complex garbing required for handling and compounding hazardous drugs. 

HD Work Practice: Receiving through Transport to Patients (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Review required and best practices for handling hazardous drugs, including containment of residue, packaging, and transporting compounded preparations. 

HD Work Practice: Decontamination and Spill Management (USP 795 and 797) (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Learn about decontamination in hazardous drug handling environments, managing spills and disposing of hazardous drugs, and documentation requirements. 

Overview of USP 800 and HD Handling for Sterile and Nonsterile Compounding (0.75 hr ACPE credit) 

Draw a conclusion to the relationship between recommended practice and guidelines and how they all had an influence in the development of USP 800 and how they all apply to worker and patient safety as well as practical awareness to the potential exposure of hazardous drugs. 

Assessment of Risk for Sterile and Nonsterile HD Compounding (0.75 hr ACPE credit) 

Learn about hazardous medications that may be exempted from USP 800 full containment practices and explore strategies to perform assessments of risk. 

C-SECs for Sterile and Nonsterile Hazardous Drug Compounding (0.75 hr ACPE credit) 

Learn the minimum USP chapter requirements for containment engineering controls in hazardous drug environments and determine what best practices for facility-specific designs are most appropriate for your pharmacy practice. 

C-PECs for Sterile and Nonsterile Hazardous Drug Compounding (0.75 hr ACPE credit) 

Distinguish the different types of C-PECs used in HD compounding settings and understand how they operate based on their individual design. 

Response to HD Exposure and Spills (USP 795 and 797) (0.5 hr ACPE credit) 

Learn about the critical elements of an exposure control and response plan, including elements of proper handling of hazardous medication spills. 

Donning, Doffing, and PPE for Sterile and Nonsterile HD Compounding (0.75 hr ACPE credit) 

Review the steps for properly donning and doffing hazardous medication PPE. 

USP 800 Sterile Compounding Work Practice Strategies (0.75 hr ACPE credit) 

Learn work practice strategies for handling hazardous medication to minimize the spread of HD contamination. 

Wipe Sampling and CSTDs for Sterile and Nonsterile Hazardous Drug Compounding (0.25 hr ACPE credit) 

Explore wipe sampling and the use of closed system transfer devices in reducing the migration of hazardous medication residue out of controlled areas. 

Decontamination and Cleaning in HD Environments (USP 795 and 797) (0.75 hr ACPE credit) 

Examine the framework of decontamination, cleaning, and disinfection according to USP 800 and compare these steps to USP 797 requirements. Apply recommended best practices for developing effective steps to manage HD contamination at a safe level. 

Focus on Hazardous Drugs (2 hr live, ACPE credit) 

Review key areas of consideration regarding hazardous drugs, including additional items that must be accounted for. 

Training Objectives

Build Compounding Competency. Receive a comprehensive education on hazardous drug handling, sterile and nonsterile HD compounding, and more. 

Drive Pharmacy Results. Deepen your understanding of USP Chapter <800> to improve quality, compliance, and patient safety. 

Receive High-Quality Instruction. Strengthen your compounding knowledge while learning from true subject matter experts with 30 years of industry expertise. 

Training Benefits for Technicians

  • Professional Development. Advance your facility and adopt best work practices to provide a safer and more compliant compounding environment.
  • Bridge Knowledge Gaps. Build competency in this specialized field and become qualified to work in a cleanroom or expand your professional opportunities.

Training Benefits for Pharmacists

  • Improve Patient Safety. Know the engineering controls, exposures and spill response, decontamination and cleaning to manage your compounding spaces.
  • Ensure Compliance. Receive actionable insights on best practices and compliance to stay informed with the most current updates to <800>.

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.
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.
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.
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.