The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have written a new safety standard with the intent to minimize the exposure to hazardous drugs from healthcare personnel, patients, and anyone else coming into contact with these drugs. This standard was enforced nation-wide on December 1, 2019 and all pharmacy owners must comply or risk their pharmacy license and their pharmacist-in-charge license.
By definition, USP <800> regulates the practice and quality standards of handling hazardous drugs (HDs) to promote patient safety, worker safety, and environmental protection. Handling HDs includes but is not limited to, the receipt, storage, compounding, dispensing, administration, and disposal of sterile and non sterile products and preparations.
This standard describes requirements including responsibilities of personnel handling hazardous drugs, procedures for decontaminating and cleaning, and documentation.