The Board of Certification/Accreditation is accepting applications for a new compounding accreditation program for pharmacies, according to a press release.
The new program will solely focus on non-sterile compounding and will be available only in conjunction with the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) retail or “retail plus DMEPOS” accreditation.
“The new compounding accreditation program will give pharmacies the opportunity to offer their patients, referral sources and the third-party payer the assurance of safe business practices,” Wendy Miller, BOCO, LO, CDME, chief credentialing officer for the BOC, said in the release.
According to BOC, compounding is a process by which a pharmacist prepares drugs by combining, mixing or altering ingredients in a pharmaceutical preparation. The new program is a 3-year accreditation, based on U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) guidelines, as well as federal regulations and third-party requirements.
Although pharmacy accreditation is not required, Miller recommended it for pharmacies to “improve their business practices, ensure accurate accounting and billing, and develop human resources.”
Pharmacies interested in applying for the new accreditation can visit www.bocusa.org/pharmacy.