Pharmacists are health practitioners educated and skilled in the science of compounding medications. Compounding can range from non-sterile products for topical use to more specialized products for intravenous solutions or ophthalmic preparations, which require proper aseptic technique for sterile preparation. In every instance, it is necessary to have the knowledge, skills and appropriate facilities needed to ensure that products are prepared in a non-contaminated environment, free of particulate matter.

In September 2016, Council adopted the Model Standards for Non-hazardous Sterile Preparations (NAPRA, 2016) and the Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Hazardous Sterile Preparations (NAPRA, 2016) and approved implementation by January 1, 2019.

The College has produced gap analysis documents based on the current Community and Hospital assessment criteria and are working on aligning with the Model Standards. These documents have been provided as tools to assist pharmacy professionals in assessing gaps in their sterile compounding practice and are not meant to replace the standards.