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Practice Resources - July 6, 2022

NEW NAPRA DOCUMENT PUBLISHED: Model Compounding Competencies for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in Canada

The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) is pleased to announce the publication of its latest practice resource document entitled Model Compounding Competencies for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in Canada.

The document defines the Model Compounding Competencies required of compounding pharmacy professionals in Canada to ensure safe, quality compounding of the three categories of non-sterile, sterile, and hazardous preparations. The intent is that all pharmacy professionals who are involved in a given category of compounding, including pharmacy professionals with supervisory or management responsibilities for compounding, must be able to demonstrate the defined competencies.

NAPRA developed these Model Compounding Competencies for the following objectives:

  • to provide competencies against which compounding educational programs can be mapped to ensure that individuals taking the educational programs will be able to meet the NAPRA compounding standards; and
  • to provide competencies for compounding that pharmacy regulatory authorities can map assessment initiatives against.

This document serves as a model that may be used for mapping of compounding educational programs or may be applied as seen fit by the pharmacy regulatory authority in each province or territory, based on the needs in that jurisdiction. Given the variability of authorizations across jurisdictions, compounding pharmacy professionals are responsible for knowing and adhering to the regulations of their province or territory of practice.

The document is presently available in English only. The French version will be published shortly.