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The Association of Compounding Pharmacists of Canada (ACPC) is not a regulatory body but rather a voluntary association of pharmacists from across Canada which advocates for, promotes, and preserves the historical art of compounding, consistent with professional standards of practice.

The practice of pharmacy is regulated across Canada and all pharmacies and pharmacists must comply with the legislation, standards and guidelines set by their respective provincial/territorial regulator, including those related to compounding.

All pharmacies in Canada, to varying degrees depending upon their practice environment, perform “compounding”: flavoring a prescribed medication uniquely for a particular patient, making basic cream/ointment dosage forms, converting a solid dosage form into a liquid to facilitate dosing, to more complex formats such as transdermal formulations – all in consultation with and under the direction of the prescribing practitioner. The complexity of compounding performed by pharmacists will vary, consistent with the training of the individual pharmacist.

The Ontario College of Pharmacists, at its Council meeting in September 2016, adopted the Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-hazardous Sterile Preparations (NAPRA, 2016) and the Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Hazardous Sterile Preparations (NAPRA 2016), approving implementation of said standards by January 1, 2019.

It is expected that implementation of the Standards will follow a similar approach across Canada with the exception of the province of Québec where similar standards are already in place. Once implemented, these standards will become the minimum standards that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians would be expected to meet in their practice when compounding.

ACPC has been acknowledged for its contribution to these documents and has been invited to provide submission on the final document in the series (Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Sterile Preparations), currently under consultation.

Quality control measures for drug manufacturers are established, monitored and enforced by Health Canada.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours truly,

Jarron Yee
ACPC President