|What is USP 797?
Endorsed by the Joint
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
(JCAHO) with an aggressive compliance schedule, USP 797
has received great attention from hospital
administrative, clinical and pharmacy staff.
requirements also extend to architectural and
environmental areas. Consequently, hospital design,
construction and operations professionals should also
become familiar with it.
USP 797 is a
far-reaching regulation that governs a wide range of
pharmacy policies and procedures. It is designed both to
cut down on infections transmitted to patients through
pharmaceutical products and to better protect staff
working in pharmacies in the course of their exposure to
Issued by U.S. Pharmacopoeia
(USP), the regulation governs any pharmacy that prepares
"compounded sterile preparations" (CSPs). Many
pharmacies fit this description. Moreover, many large
hospitals have several pharmacies--a main one and
several satellite pharmacies--that will be affected.