USP 800 Cleanroom Standards Overview
USP 800 is a cleanroom standard issued in March of 2014 by the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). The deadline for compliance may change, at the time of this article’s publication the deadline is scheduled for December 2019.
The date and scope of adoption may differ on a state-by-state basis, thus consulting with a compliance specialist is encouraged.
Chapter 800 expands the safety of healthcare workers, patients, and the environment for processing hazardous drugs. It reflects a number of stages in the delivery of sterile and non-sterile compounds, including:
- Receipt and unpacking of hazardous drugs
- Storage of hazardous drugs
- Non-sterile hazardous drug compounding (if performed)
- Sterile hazardous drug compounding (if performed)
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USP 800 STD Hazardous Compounding Risk Assessment
The takeaway from USP 800 cleanroom requirements is that exposing workers to hazardous compounds is not an acceptable risk. USP 800 environments mitigate the risk of harm to both the environment and workers when compounding or packaging hazardous drugs. That could include antineoplastic drugs, hormonal therapies, radiopharmaceuticals, bacteria, and viruses. Primarily, negative pressure cleanrooms and dedicated ventilation systems account for the greater portion of improved safety and thus the majority of required changes.
USP 800 compliant cleanrooms protect healthcare personnel, patients, and the environment when handling hazardous drugs as seen on the NIOSH hazardous-drug list. In contrast to USP 797, which upgrades process controls of sterile compounds, USP 800 expands specifically on the compounding of hazardous drugs (HDs).
Basic Requirements for USP 800 Cleanroom Compliance
For some healthcare facilities, upgrading or retrofitting a cleanroom for USP 800 compliance requires infrastructural and mechanical modifications. Small modifications may include equipment upgrades while more extensive upgrades may include expanding cleanrooms, new ductwork, and dedicated exhaust systems. Learn more.