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ACHC - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the advantages of PCAB Accreditation?

• THIRD-PARTY RECOGNITION – PCAB Accreditation meets compliance requirements for a growing number of payors and networks.

• IMPROVED QUALITY AND SAFETY – In achieving PCAB Accreditation, pharmacies benefit from consistent practices that result in improved safety, efficiency, and quality of care.

• RISK AVERSION – Adherence to PCAB standards helps pharmacies maintain compliance with all applicable USP guidelines.

• MARKET ADVANTAGE – PCAB Accreditation allows pharmacies to distinguish themselves among their competitors by demonstrating a commitment to compliance with USP guidelines as well as industry best practices.

• OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES – PCAB’s educational approach to accreditation enhances business operations, helps inform effective strategies, and improves patient outcomes through evidence-based best practices.

• CONTINUITY OF SERVICE – PCAB facilitates a standardized level of service that includes sound procedures, documentation, and training to ensure consistent performance across the entire organization.


For how many days must I have been compounding prior to my PCAB Accreditation survey?

• There is no specific requirement; however, enough information about compounding must be demonstrated for the Surveyor to assess compliance with PCAB standards. This includes record keeping, ingredient selection, and personnel training and competency. If you are not currently compounding, please schedule time to speak with your Account Advisor about your unique situation.


What is the difference between PCAB and ACHC Inspection Services (AIS)?

• PCAB remains the gold standard in compounding accreditation, providing the pharmacy with a peer review of practices and corrective measures to achieve compliance with USP guidelines.

AIS serves a different purpose as it seeks to fulfill regulatory requirements, most commonly assisting pharmacies with an inspection of compounding practices to fulfill state licensure requirements for non-resident pharmacies.


What is the difference between PCAB and Infusion Pharmacy accreditation?

• IRX is chosen by those pharmacies that have or need a Medicare Part B billing number (for the billing of infusion pumps). Compounds prepared by IRX pharmacies are usually low- to medium risk in nature. IRX surveys are normally scheduled for two days due to the Medicare regulations that need to be reviewed.

PCAB is appropriate for any site including community pharmacies, hospitals, infusion centers, and physician practices that want to demonstrate compliance with USP guidelines on sterile and non-sterile compounding. Surveys for both sterile and non-sterile are usually one day and focus primarily on the process of compounding.


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