General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs-Handling in Healthcare Settings to be Published in USP 39-NF 34, First Supplement
The Compounding Expert Committee approved a new General Chapter, <800> Hazardous Drugs-Handling in Healthcare Settings. The purpose of this General Chapter is to provide standards to protect personnel, patients and the environment when handling hazardous drugs (HDs). The chapter applies to all healthcare personnel and all entities which handle HDs. Building on existing standards and guidelines, General Chapter <800> provides a comprehensive approach for handling HDs in healthcare settings with the ultimate goal of preventing and/or limiting potential exposures to HDs.
The development of this General Chapter began in July 2010 with the formation of a six-member subcommittee. In December 2011, an Expert Panel was formed with medical and industry experts to provide additional expertise in identifying best practices, alternative techniques and engineering controls, and other elements for handling hazardous drugs.
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October 3, 2015
The draft minutes from the 2015 Annual Meeting in Atlanta are available for viewing and download on the "Minutes" page.