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Sterile Compounding Inspector Refresher Training

Refresher designed for state board inspectors to maintain their original certification as a sterile compounding inspector. Led by CriticalPoint's sterile compounding experts Latousha (Tasha) P. Jackson, BS, PharmD, BCSCP and Adam West, RCP-SCF, NSF-49 accreditation.

$199 / year

Refresher Training

Earn up to 23 hours of ACPE-accredited CE

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Program Overview

This program should be completed every 2 years after original certification to remain current and gain knowledge of any new requirements and/or standards established by the regulating agencies, such as USP, to support inspection processes. 

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

Participants will earn up to 23 hours of ACPE-accredited CE, including 5 live credits, 3 hours of on-demand webinars, and 15 hours of interactive CE. Content includes lively discussions as well as practical learning exercises that simulate real-life work scenarios. 

If you have not already completed your inspector training to earn your earn your certification, sign up for our Sterile Compounding Inspector Certification Training worth 58 hours of ACPE-accredited CE. Learn more here. 

This training is only open to Board of Pharmacy inspectors and regulatory agencies.

Course Curriculum

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. 

Aseptic Technique and Conduct for Sterile Compounding (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Review the concept of performing aseptic compounding in a disciplined and consistent fashion to safeguard patients from preventable disease and injury related to contaminated compounded sterile preparations. 

Determining USP 797 Beyond-Use Dating (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Review USP requirements around beyond-use dating (BUD) and recognize the risk of microbiological contamination in compounded sterile products. 

Quality Releases and Final Checks for Sterile Compounding (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Learn about the requirements set out by USP 797 for release inspections and testing, including visual inspection, sterility testing, and bacterial endotoxins testing. 

USP 797 CSP Handling: Staging through Transport (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Consider unique factors when advancing a CSP from staging to transport, including numerous opportunities where mistakes can be made, and how robust procedures can help prevent errors. 

Master Formulation and Compounding Records for Sterile Compounding (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Use compounding documentation to provide evidence of procedures or activities performed during compounding, such as compounding instructions, equipment required, and calculations. 

General Elements of Documentation for Sterile Compounding (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Review key elements of good documentation, including USP 797 requirements, and why it’s important to maintain good documentation at your compounding facility. 

USP 797 Primary Engineering Controls (1 hr ACP credit) 

Review primary engineering control requirements, including placement, use, and certification requirements. 

USP 797 Secondary Engineering Controls (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Review regulations related to secondary engineering controls and fundamentals of cleanroom requirements for sterile compounding. 

Sterile Compounding Environments Principles of Cleaning and Disinfection (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Learn about cleaning requirements, including proper selection, preparation, and use of cleaning agents and supplies. 

Quality Management of Sterile Compounding (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Acquire a better understanding of quality assurance (QA) expectations relative to your role and the importance of an integrated quality management system (QMS) that works to prevent errors from recurring. 

Best Practices for Mixing Outside of ISO-Classified Conditions (USP 797) (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Take away information on how best to ensure patient safety when you mix sterile drugs outside of sterile compounding environments. 

Sterility Testing Requirements of USP Chapters 71 and 797 (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Learn about sterility testing, including the process and USP 71 requirements.

Aseptic Work Practices Overview for Sterile Compounding (0.75 hr ACPE credit) 

Learn about critical elements of aseptic work practices to use in sterile compounding. 

Testing and Certification of PECs and SECs (USP 797) (1.25 hr ACPE credit) 

Increase your confidence when engaging in conversations with certifiers regarding certification testing and documentation. Learn required and best practice elements of reporting to ensure quality and USP chapter compliance. 

Environmental Monitoring (1 hr ACPE credit) 

Review key requirements of an environmental monitoring program and how to perform a proper investigation and remediation process in the event of an exceeded action level. 

Best Work Practices & Identifying Insanitary Conditions (3 hr live, ACPE credit) 

Learn about elements that make up best work practices and how to identify insanitary conditions within a sterile compounding area. 

Facility Design and Certification (2 hr live, ACPE credit) 

Review requirements for sterile compounding areas and learn about certifications that are needed. 

Training Objectives

Keep Your Certification Current. Keep your original sterile compounding inspector certification current to support your role as an inspector.

Stay Informed with the Latest Updates. Receive education on any new requirements and/or standards established by the regulating agencies, such as USP, to support inspection processes.  

Receive High-Quality Instruction From Compounding Experts. Strengthen your compounding knowledge while learning from faculty who are truly subject matter experts with qualified expertise. 

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.
You have access for 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be completed before access expires.
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.
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.