Pharmacies can opt for HFAP certification in lieu of state licensing inspections

(Chicago) July 8, 2019 – HFAP, America’s original healthcare accreditation program founded in 1945, was recently named an approved accreditation agency for sterile compounding pharmacies in Michigan. HFAP will survey compounding pharmacies seeking certification to confirm they meet certain criteria and demonstrate a commitment to excellence and quality control.

As of June 14, compounding pharmacies in Michigan can choose to pursue HFAP certification, which lasts three years, rather than an annual state licensure inspection. During the on-site survey, an HFAP surveyor will provide an overview of the process and review all required information. Surveyors will assess the pharmacy team’s compliance with industry standards through written documentation, responses to interview questions and direct observation.

“HFAP’s Compounding Pharmacy Certification Standards are designed to assess and reduce risk, helping pharmacies establish risk management protocol to keep patient safety and quality of services top-of-mind,” said Marci Ramahi, CAE, Director of Accreditation/Certification Operations. “We are excited to work with pharmacies throughout Michigan to develop and instill best practices into everyday activities to ensure the highest standards of quality.”

The HFAP Standards for Compounding Pharmacy Certification are divided into three sections: governance functions, clinical functions and support functions, with the clinical requirements adapted from the USP Compounding Compendium and segmented into two subcategories of sterile and non-sterile compounding.

HFAP will provide the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs a decision letter following each survey, as well as deficiency report if requested by the State of Michigan.