ACHC Announces Plans for Certification Program for Canadian Compounding Pharmacies

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Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) today announced plans for the expansion of its pharmacy program into Canada. The new PCAB Certification Program for Canadian Compounding is expected to be released in 2015 and will provide compounding pharmacies with an independent, third-party review of their practice.

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Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) today announced plans for the expansion of its pharmacy program into Canada. The new PCAB Certification Program for Canadian Compounding is expected to be released in 2015 and will provide compounding pharmacies with an independent, third-party review of their practice. By achieving PCAB Certification, pharmacies will have the ability to demonstrate their commitment to delivering the highest quality compounded medications by complying with industry standards and best practices.

“ACHC has offered pharmacy compliance solutions in the U.S. for more than 28 years,” said ACHC CEO, José Domingos. “Our experience in the field makes us well equipped to offer the certification program. We look forward to working with Canadian pharmacies and are confident that the expansion of our program into Canada will provide an added measure of quality and safety assurance for physicians, payors, and patients alike.”

The certification program will assess the compounding process based on a specific set of standards that concentrate on the quality and consistency of medications produced. All surveys will be conducted with a consultative approach by qualified pharmacists that have extensive experience in the area of compounding. The process is designed to provide assurance of the quality and safety of compounded medications in the marketplace. Pharmacies interested in learning more about PCAB Certification should complete the brief form found here to view more information.

In the United States, ACHC has broad and extensive experience in the area of pharmacy compliance, including programs for non-sterile and sterile compounding, infusion, specialty, and long term care pharmacy services. This experience will enable ACHC to effectively administer the PCAB Certification program with standards developed specifically for the Canadian market. Beginning July, 2014, PCAB became a service of ACHC, offering programs for non-sterile (ref. USP 795) and sterile (ref. USP 797) compounding pharmacies. The organization also offers a range of resources designed to help pharmacies achieve and maintain compliance, including workbooks, workshops, and compliance checklists.

ACHC is a non-profit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. ACHC is the provider’s choice for compliance solutions because of its personal Certification Advisors, relevant and realistic standards, competitive pricing, and a friendly, consultative approach to Certification. PCAB Certification reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care. For more information about the PCAB Certification Program for Canadian Compounding, or to download PCAB Certification Standards, please contact them at customerservice(at)achc(dot)org or 855-937-2242.

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