PCAB Accreditation: Strengthening our bond of trust.
We are proud to have earned the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board's Seal of Accreditation which confirms that Belvidere Pharmacy has met the highest established standards for pharmacy compounding and affirms OUR COMMITMENT TO QUALITY AND SAFETY.
While all compounding pharmacies must meet the requirements set by their respective state boards of pharmacy, PCAB Accredited™ denotes a more stringent and comprehensive standard. We have completed an extensive application and submission process, documenting our education, training, licensures, policies and procedures. Belvidere Pharmacy has been tested against an extremely challenging set of national standards, and we have met or exceeded all standards. We are honored to be among the first in the nation to achieve this distinction, which indicates that:
> Our pharmacy has passed a comprehensive on-site inspection and meets certain design standards necessary to help ensure quality.
> We use only high quality chemicals and equipment.
> Our compounding pharmacists and technicians receive regular, specialized training in compounding.
> We utilize a system of continuous quality improvement.
To maintain accreditation, our pharmacy will be reviewed annually, and every three years, the review will include a physical inspection.
PCAB is endorsed by The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
April 2009 - AVMA Compounding Policy revised to include PCAB Accreditation as a means of evaluating the quality of a compounding pharmacy
One element in evaluating the quality of a compounding pharmacy is whether the pharmacy is accredited by an independent accreditation body. For example, the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) offers accreditation to compounding pharmacies that meet high quality and practice standards. Further information and a listing of PCAB-accredited pharmacies are available at www.pcab.org. Be aware that independent accreditation is different from association or professional training center memberships that may lack quality assurance programs and inspections.
and The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
LAKEWOOD, CO—The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is pleased to endorse the accreditation program of the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB). Following a thorough review, the AAHA Board of Directors formally issued the following endorsement:
THAT AAHA ENDORSE THE ACCREDITATION PROGRAM OF THE PHARMACY COMPOUNDING ACCREDITATION BOARD (PCAB) AND RECOMMEND THAT VETERINARIANS ACQUIRE COMPOUNDED MEDICATIONS FROM PCAB ACCREDITED PHARMACIES WHENEVER FEASIBLE.
The American Medical Association (AMA)
1. recognizes that compounding pharmacies must comply with current United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary (USP-NF) compounding monographs, when available, and recommends that they be required to conform with USP-NF General Chapters on pharmaceutical compounding to ensure the uniformity, quality, and safety of compounded medications;
2. recognizes the accreditation program of the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) and the PCAB Seal of Accreditation as a means to identify compounding pharmacies that adhere to quality and practice standards, including those set forth in the USP-NF, for the preparation of individualized medications for specific patients;
3. encourages all state boards of pharmacy to require compounding pharmacies in their states to obtain the PCAB Seal of Accreditation or, alternatively, to satisfy comparable standards that have been promulgated by the state in its laws and regulations governing pharmacy practice; and
4. encourages state boards of pharmacy and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the umbrella organization for state boards of pharmacy, to work with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to identify and take appropriate enforcement action against entities that are illegally manufacturing medications under the guise of pharmacy compounding. (BOT Action in response to referred for decision Res. 521, A-06)
PCAB standards and principles were established by nationally-recognized experts, including the following organizations:
> American College of Apothecaries
> American Pharmacists Association
> International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists
> National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
> National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations
> National Community Pharmacists Association
> National Home Infusion Association
> United States Pharmacopeia
To learn more about PCAB Accreditation or to review our pharmacy’s Accreditation Report, visit www.pcab.org or contact Belvidere Pharmacy. To view the Belvidere Pharmacy PCAB reaccreditation letter, click here.