Tip of the Week – Personnel in the Sterile Compounding Area


NAPRA Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Hazardous Sterile Preparations states:

“Any other person (whether an employee or not) who enters the sterile compounding area or who is involved in sterile compounding processes must be adequately trained and must follow and comply with specific policies and procedures. This requirement covers contractors, volunteers and employees, whether they are students, interns, equipment maintenance personnel or any other type of personnel.”

“Cleaning and disinfecting personnel must comply with the pharmacy’s hand hygiene and garbing procedure before entering sterile compounding areas and performing housekeeping duties. Housekeeping personnel must also don gloves before starting work.”

This means that if anyone enters the sterile compounding area, whether it’s to clean, restock, compound, supervise/observe or for any other reason, that person must properly clean, disinfect and gown prior to entry. You can be a pharmacy leader by discussing this issue with your collegues and working together to put patient safety first by adhering to this standard.

To learn more about the  NAPRA Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Hazardous Sterile Preparations click here.