USP Pharmacists'Pharmacopeia: Compounding Expert Committee
The charge of the Compounding Expert Committee is to increase the number of evidence-based USP-NF compounding monographs—and to develop new chapters and to keep key general chapters up-to-date and relevant. These monographs
appear in USP, and also, with additional authorized material, in a line extension named USP Pharmacists' Pharmacopeia. The Expert Committee reviews and revises existing compounding chapters if needed and develops new general chapters as appropriate.
Text may be both official and authorized: official text is enforceable by FDA according to the FD&C Act, and authorized text
is not yet approved as official or is informational.
Standards in USP-NF for compounded preparations may be enforced by both the states (pharmacy practice/compounding traditionally is regulated by
state boards of pharmacy) and by FDA (compounded preparations are subject to the adulteration and misbranding provisions of
the FD&C Act, which requires conformance to USP-NF standards).
The work plan of the Compounding Expert Committee for the 2010-2015 cycle includes the following activities:
- Identify and develop priority monographs, working with FDA, State Boards of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Boards,
- Develop and validate a stability-indicating HPLC method and establish beyond-use dating for compounding preparation monographs
- Continue revisions to Pharmaceutical Compounding—Nonsterile Preparations <795> and Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations <797>, Update Pharmaceutical Calculations <1160> and Prescription Balances and Volumetric Apparatus <1176>
- Develop new compounding general chapters on compounding of hazardous drugs and compounding for clinical trials
- Work with the Nomenclature, Safety, and Labeling Expert Committee to standardize compounded preparation titles and educate
- Work with the appropriate Small Molecules Expert Committees as necessary on compounding standards for radiopharmaceuticals.
This report presents the initial work plan of the USP Council of Experts for the 2010-2015 revision cycle. As noted, specific
Expert Committee work plans will be posted on the USP website and will be periodically updated. This publication will be allied
with a final report to the Convention, which oversees the work of the Council of Experts, continuing a time-honored process
begun in 1820. USP encourages comments and questions from the scientific community and other stakeholders.
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