Raising the Bar on Sterile Compounding Safety


A midday symposium conducted at the 2021 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition.

Sterile compounding is an essential component of pharmacy practice for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and efforts to identify and reduce potential adverse events during the preparation of sterile products is imperative to provide safe, optimal patient care.

Over the past 10 years there has been increased growth and maturity in the compounding technology market and an increased uptake by pharmacies in the use of technology during the sterile compounding process. However, despite advancements, a recent ISMP survey on pharmacy compounding systems and practices completed by over 600 practitioners revealed there remains an opportunity to improve the safety of sterile compounding practices as well as increase and enhance the safe use of technology in the process.

In September 2021, The Institute for Safe Medication Practices convened an invitational, virtual sterile compounding safety summit to specifically address safe practices related to the use of robotic compounding automation, sterile compounding workflow software, and automated compounding devices. 

Join us for a symposium that will take you from the spark that triggered the summit, through the objectives, targets and structure used to develop new ISMP Best Practice Guidelines, concluding with a discussion of one organization’s journey using various sterile compounding technologies to reduce the risk for errors and the steps they took to minimize threats to safe technology use.  

Intended Audience:

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians

Learning Objectives:

Following completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss ISMP survey results regarding sterile compounding
  2. List key areas addressed during a recent sterile compounding safety summit 
  3. Describe safety gaps that exist when using technology to support sterile compounding 
  4. Identify best practices for the safe use of technology and automation during the compounding process

Introduction and Overview: 

Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon), DPS (hon), FASHP, President, ISMP


Times Change, and We Need to Change with Time

Christina Michalek, BSc, FASHP, Medication Safety Specialist, ISMP

We Know the Target, So How Do We Get There with Safety in Mind?

Rita K. Jew, PharmD, MBA, BCCPS, FASHP, Vice President of Operations, ISMP

Putting Recommendations into Action: Using Compounding Technology Safely

Kevin Hansen, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCSCP, Assistant Director of Pharmacy: Pharmaceutical Compounding, Residency Program Director: HSPAL, Cone Health Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital



This activity is supported by Omnicell.

CE Accreditation

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

Release Date: December 22, 2021
Expiration Date: February 1, 2024

This CE activity is jointly provided by ProCE, LLC and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-21-278-H05-P/T has been assigned to this knowledge-based home-study CE activity. This activity is approved for 1.5 contact hour (0.15 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers. This CE activity is provided at no cost to participants. Statements of completion will be issued online at upon completion of the evaluation and post-test with a score of 70% or higher. Proof of completion will be posted in NABP CPE Monitor profiles. No partial credit will be given.

This activity has been approved for up to 1.5 California State Nursing contact hours by the provider, Debora Simmons, who is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13677. Credit will only be issued to individuals that are individually registered and attend the entire program.