The VCU School of Pharmacy offers continuing education courses for sterile compounding and aseptic processing for non-hazardous and hazardous drugs

About the Program

Our certificate programs are for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses and all persons involved in compounding. We offer comprehensive practice-based continuing education courses designed to provide both classroom and hands-on training. Participants develop the knowledge and skills necessary to compound sterile preparations safely and effectively. The courses provide practical experience that will assist the participant in evaluating their current sterile compounding practice and implementing changes necessary to become compliant with USP standards.

About the Center

The Center for Compounding Practice and Research (CCPR) at VCU School of Pharmacy has an interactive, learner-centered instructional lab and a state-of-the-art cleanroom for aseptic processing. Our sterile compounding facility designed according to USP <797> standards allows participants to demonstrate hands-on simulation using current technology. The lab can accommodate 24 participants.

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USP Chapter <797> Changes are Coming on Nov. 1, 2023

Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Processing
  • The long-anticipated revised USP Chapter <797> was published on Nov. 1, 2022. It becomes official on Nov. 1, 2023.
  • Participants will be taught processing and skills required of all sterile preparation compounders based on current regulations. This program promotes best practices using situations most likely to be experienced in a sterile compounding environment (two days). Our course provides comprehensive instruction based on the most recent published USP <797> standards for the successful preparation of compounded sterile preparations. The course is designed for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other pharmacy personnel, including designated persons who teach, train or supervise personnel preparing CSPs.
  • COURSE DETAILS & REGISTER – Early-bird & three-day discounts available
  • Program Dates

    • October 2023 dates: Oct. 3-4
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USP Chapter <800> Are You Ready?

Proper Handling of Hazardous Drugs
  • Hazardous drugs (HDs) require safe and responsible handling for you and your team, whether medical, nursing or pharmacy. This program reviews current and proposed regulations and recommends best practices concerning all aspects of handling HDs (one day). Our practice-based format allows for evaluation of your existing sterile compounding practices and leads to identification of areas needing modifications to ensure compliance with USP <800> standards.
  • COURSE DETAILS & REGISTER – Early-bird & three-day discounts available
  • Program Dates

    • October 2023 dates: Oct. 5



"Great facility and wonderful staff. I am so glad I came to this meeting! "
Randall Morris, Virginia

"All presenters were outstanding! This was an excellent program. Thank you so very much!"
Richard Hillbom, Michigan

Benefits of Attending Program

  • Bridge the gap between standards and practice
  • Engage in frank discussion with others who deal with compliance challenges
  • Provide insight into regulatory intent
  • CCPR participants will enjoy the advantages of professional networking and hands-on compounding experience in a state-of-the-art facility.

- Daniel Phipps, Compounding Supervisor

Source: CCPR preparing to make its programmatic debut


"Not only will we produce competent compounding pharmacists, but we will also have a direct, positive impact on patient safety and provide a higher quality of life for the patients we serve."
Zahra Abbud, Pharm.D.

Sterile compounding is an integral and growing part of the patient and pharmaceutical care. CCPR provides training programs based on the current USP Chapters 797 and 800 standards as well as hands on training in a state-of-the-art facility. Quoted by Barbara Exum, CCPR Director