What is PCAB?
The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) is an independent auditor of pharmacies engaging in hazardous compounding under USP standards – particularly USP(795), (797) and (800).
PCAB is run by the not-for-profit Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) – a US-based organisation that has, to date, independently audited and accredited over 500 pharmacies.
In 2018, members of the ACHC staff visited Australia to brief pharmacists about USP standards and how to practically implement them in Australian pharmacies. Especially now that the Pharmacy Board of Australia has made USP(797) the minimum standards for the compounding of sterile products in Australia.
Since that time, ACPHARM has become the first compounder in the country to commit to a completely independent audit of all of our procedures to ensure compliance to USP(797).
In other words, ACPHARM was Australia’s first pharmacy to make a clear financial and ethical commitment to patient safety.
PCAB is an organisation made up of practicing and non-practicing pharmacists that has drawn it’s standards from the USP chapters governing the compounding of medicines. Most notably, the auditable criteria are aligned with USP(795), (797) and (800).
The audit takes place every three years, at which time these pharmacies must demonstrate, via testing and documentation, their adherence to the USP chapters relevant to their practice.
PCAB is a body that sends an independent practicing pharmacist to our location to go over all compounding activities to make sure we are compliant with the relevant regulations.