On February 27, 2018, the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) announced that Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy has been approved as its twelfth specialty certification. Eligible pharmacists will be able to sit for the first BPS Board Certified Sterile Compounding Pharmacist (BCSCP) pharmacy certification examination in the fall of 2019.
NOTE: The BPS content outline for the examination in Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy refers to “knowledge of standards related to sterile preparation (e.g., United States Pharmacopeia…)”. [Domain 1, Task 2].
USP Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations is in the process of revision. BPS examinations are based upon standards and guidelines that are current at the time of the examination. When changes are made in standards and guidelines, BPS incorporates these changes into examinations approximately six months after the change is released. This allows time for candidates to become familiar with new guidelines and for new guidelines or standards to be incorporated into BPS examinations.
USP has announced that the new version of Chapter <797> is expected to be released on June 1, 2019 and will become effective December 1, 2019. The BPS Fall 2019 Compounded Sterile Preparations examination will be based upon the current version of USP Chapter <797> (2008).
USP Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings is a new chapter published by USP in 2016 and originally scheduled to become official in December 2017. USP decided to delay the date of official implementation until December 1, 2019 in order to align the official implementation date of Chapter <800> with the implementation dates of two other related chapters. Since Chapter <800> has been available in final version since 2016, and since official implementation will be immediately after the Fall 2019 BPS testing window, USP Chapter <800> will be included on the Fall 2019 BPS Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy examination.
Please note that this guidance is to help eliminate confusion regarding USP Chapters <797> and <800>, and that there are other references that may be used in the CSP examinations.
For the content outline for the BPS Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy examination, click here.
For updates and timelines on the status of revisions to USP Chapters, check this USP web page: https://www.usp.org/compounding/updates-on-standards.