Joint Commission Adds Medical Compounding Chapter to Home Care Manual, Effective January 1, 2018

PUBLISHED: Dec 5, 2017
Relevant to: Home Health, Pharmacies

The Joint Commission (TJC) is adding a medical compounding chapter to their Home Care Accreditation Manual, effective January 1, 2018. The chapter is applicable to all compounding pharmacies that seek initial and re-accreditation.

The standards for this new chapter are based on TJC’s Medication Compounding certification requirements as well as current United States Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) requirements for sterile and nonsterile preparations.

There are five sections within the new chapter:

  • General Responsibilities
  • Education, Training, and Evaluation
  • Compounding Sterile Preparations
  • Compounding Sterile and Nonsterile Preparations
  • Compounding Nonsterile Preparations

The standards focus on three general categories:

  • People: Training, competency, proper use of personal protective equipment, aseptic technique
  • Product: Sterility of base products, beyond-use dates, labeling
  • Environment: Airflow, buffer areas, guidelines for cleaning and documentation, storage

In conjunction with the implementation of this new chapter two Medication Management elements of performance (EP) 1 and EP 4 will be deleted for standard MM.05.01.07.

Follow the link below to access the new chapter. StayAlert is reviewing the new chapter and will soon publish additional information.

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