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QP503A™, CO (Compounding Operations) AND QP503A™, CQ (Compounding Quality)
First launched in 2017, the QP503A™ Certification was the first and remains the only sterile compounding certification program designed to require applicants to demonstrate knowledge and skills in best practice sterile compounding. In addition to traditional eLearning and live training post tests, specific observational competencies and personnel testing are administered at the CriticalPoint Center for Training and Research (CCTR). These samples are incubated at the CCTR and read by CriticalPoint experts. Though unlicensed personnel may enter the program (based on an individual case by case evaluations) and pass all of the required elements, only licensed pharmacists and technicians are eligible to obtain the QP503A™ Certification, now renamed: QP503A, CO™. The CO stands for “compounding operations.” Other personnel who do not perform compounding or directly supervise compounding or who are not licensed pharmacists or technicians but have completed the certification requirements are considered QP503A, CO™ qualified.
As the practice of pharmacy sterile compounding matures and focuses on the quality management aspects of practice, there are emerging opportunities for personnel to work in sterile compounding without performing or directly managing the actual sterile compounding activities. To foster this growth and development, CriticalPoint has expanded its QP503A™ Certification Program to include another certification: QP503A, CQ™. The CQ stands for “compounding quality.” This certification is open to individuals who work in sterile compounding operations performing quality-related functions but is not limited to licensed pharmacists and technicians who perform compounding or directly supervise compounding functions.