The ability of compounding pharmacies to receive accreditation has decreased quality discrepancies, thus combating previous hesitancy around compound medications. The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) was established as an outside standard-bearing organization. They offer accreditation to compounding pharmacies that achieve or exceed their high standards, thus giving high quality compound pharmacies the opportunity to gain the trust they deserve. iCompound partners with PCAB-accredited compounding pharmacies in order to ensure that we are providing only the highest quality compounding pharmacy products available.

What is PCAB Accreditation?

PCAB offers the most comprehensive compliance solutions in the industry because it was founded by the top U.S. pharmacy organizations and utilizes standards based on U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) guidelines. Its mission is to serve patients, prescribers, and the pharmacy profession in the name of the public good through a robust accreditation program designed to utilize standard practices in order to improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of pharmaceutical compounding. Pharmacies that compound prescription drugs – mix, combine, or alter drug ingredients per compound prescription order – can be voluntarily assessed by the PCAB to achieve accreditation. Two primary tools used by PCAB when awarding accreditation are the PCAB Standards and the PCAB Principles of Compounding. PCAB Standards apply to core practices in non-sterile and sterile compounding involving chemical storage, staff training, equipment usage, patient counseling, quality control, labeling, and packaging. PCAB Principles ensure, among other things, that compounding is subject to regulation and oversight by the state boards of pharmacy. PCAB accreditation requires that pharmacies provide comprehensive standard operating procedures (SOPs) for thorough review in order to determine compliance. An extensive on-site survey by an independent expert is also conducted annually to verify compliance.

Requirements for Compound Pharmacies Awarded with PCAB Accreditation

PCAB accreditation ensures that a compounding pharmacy:

  • Meets or exceeds PCAB quality standards and the USP 795 (non-sterile) / 797 (sterile) standards for prescription compounding, and abides by PCAB Principles of Compounding rules and terms of accreditation.
  • Exclusively utilizes chemicals and equipment of the highest quality.
  • Requires that compounding pharmacists and technicians obtain specialized training and regular, continuous education in pharmaceutical compounding.
  • Ensures pharmacy facilities are expertly maintained and free of contamination.
  • Maintains a robust quality assurance and improvement system.
  • Passes thorough inspections to obtain and maintain PCAB Accreditation.

How This Ensures Quality in Compounded Drugs

Acquiring PCAB accreditation demonstrates a pharmacy’s commitment to ensuring the highest industry standards for quality in both compounding products and practices. Pharmacies can benefit from consistent, evidence-based, industry best practices that increase operational efficiencies, help to inform effective strategies, and improve the quality of compound products alongside the quality of patient care. The continuous compliance with USP compounding standards required to obtain and maintain PCAB accreditation greatly enhances compound product safety and effectiveness while significantly reducing the risks associated with compound prescriptions.

iCompound fully embraces an increased emphasis on quality assurance in pharmaceutical compounding. This is why we partner with pharmacies that have distinguished themselves by acquiring PCAB accreditation, ensuring a high level of service that utilizes the sound standardized procedures, documentation, and training necessary to continuously provide quality compounded drugs.