PCAB to Hold Canadian Compounding Certification Workshop in Toronto, ON

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Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB), a service of ACHC, has announced that it will hold its first international workshop in Toronto, Ontario on April 24, 2015. The Canadian Compounding Certification workshop will educate pharmacy personnel on the requirements needed to achieve and maintain compliance with PCAB Certification Standards for non-sterile and sterile compounding.

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Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB), a service of ACHC, has announced that it will hold its first international workshop in Toronto, Ontario on April 24, 2015. The Canadian Compounding Certification workshop will educate pharmacy personnel on the requirements needed to achieve and maintain compliance with PCAB Certification Standards for non-sterile and sterile compounding. The workshop will be instructed by leading industry experts, including ACHC Associate Director of Pharmacy, Jon Pritchett, Pharm.D., RPh, and former PCAB Executive Director, Joe Cabaleiro, RPh.

As a nationally recognized accreditation organization, ACHC places great value on continuing education in regard to achieving and maintaining certification. The workshop will provide in-depth training on each step of the certification process, specific strategies that can be utilized to prepare for the survey, and ongoing compliance with PCAB standards. Attendees may register for the PCAB Certification workshop by visiting http://www.achc.org/workshops.

The workshop will help prepare pharmacies for the official launch of the PCAB Certification Program for Canadian Compounding later this year. The new program 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.

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.

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 not-for-profit accreditation organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. The organization has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice, and DMEPOS and a Quality Management System that is certified to ISO 9001:2008. ACHC’s broad range of accreditation programs also includes Pharmacy, Sleep, Private Duty Nursing, and Behavioral Health. ACHC is the provider’s choice for accreditation because of its personal Account Advisors, relevant and realistic standards, competitive pricing, and consultative approach to accreditation. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

For more information on ACHC’s accreditation programs and educational resources, or to download ACHC accreditation standards, please visit achc.org or contact them at customerservice(at)achc(dot)org or 855-937-2242.

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