Aseptic Compounding Program

The Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) and Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Ontario Branch (CSHP-OB) have partnered to launch an Aseptic Compounding Program to help pharmacy professionals gain knowledge and additional experience in this unique area of practice.

This comprehensive program is comprised of pre-readings, online modules, and a two-day live workshop. Reflective exercises and a multiple choice question (MCQ) exam will be used to assess participants’ knowledge.

The online modules and live two-day workshop will enable attendees to identify best practices in aseptic compounding, including recognizing production errors and developing procedures to mitigate errors. Participants will also learn how to perform aseptic compounding in a way that mitigates the risk of contamination. The online modules focus on providing participants with the knowledge to meet USP 797 standards, current NAPRA standards and draft OCP competencies. The main purpose of the live workshop is to train participants on the proper technical aseptic compounding technique.

Please note, the live workshop is not intended to demonstrate how to set up a practice site.

2017 live workshop dates in Ontario:

How to register: Visit the OPA website here and follow these instructions: Click on the program date or the "pricing and registration" link at the bottom of this page. A drop-down list will open with pricing information for members and non-members. Select the pricing option that applies to you, then click on "add to cart" to start the registration process.

If you are a CSHP member, you must enter the promo code provided to you by CSHP in order to receive the member rate. To access the promo code created for CSHP members please click here.  Please note that this code is applicable for the Aseptic Compounding program non-member fee only ($1,250 off of the non-member fee of $2,500).

By submitting your registration to OPA, you agree to have your information including evaluation results and program completion status shared with CSHP-OB.

Target audience and pre-requisites
The Aseptic Compounding Program has been designed for pharmacists, pharmacy students, pharmacy interns, and pharmacy technicians in Ontario with experience in Aseptic Compounding who wish to review their practice in light of updated standards.  The course may also be of use to those who have little to no previous experience in aseptic compounding.

There are no pre-requisites for this program. However, you must complete the online modules and pre-readings prior to attending the live workshop.

Sessions and registration:
Day one of the live workshop runs from approximately 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. You will be assigned to a one-hour time slot on day two of the program for aseptic technique testing. The product produced will be sent for sterility testing. A detailed program agenda and confirmation of the program venue will be emailed to attendees one week before the program date.

Program outline

This blended program consists of four components: 

  1. Pre-readings (anticipated time to complete: approximately 6 hours)
    • CSHP: Compounding Guidelines for Pharmacies  (2014)*
    • NAPRA: Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Hazardous Sterile Preparations
    • NIOSH: Health Hazard Evaluation Report
    • ASHP Guidelines on Compounding Sterile Preparations
    • The ASHP Discussion Guide on USP CHAPTER<797>
    • ASHP: Discussion Guide - An Update On Protecting Health Care Practitioners and Patients from Hazardous Drugs

    *Not covered as part of the registration fee and must be purchased independently. For further details and to order, click here to be directed to CSHP’s website.


  2. Online modules (anticipated time to complete: approximately 7 hours)
    • Module 1 - Introduction 
    • Module 2 - Best practices
    • Module 3 – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Module 4 - Aseptic technique
    • Module 5 - Oncology
    • Module 6 - Worksheets and calculations
      • Participants must bring the Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) and chemotherapy worksheets to live workshop 
    • Module 7 - Transportation and storage
    • Module 8 - Quality assurance

    Note: Participants must complete the online component prior to attending the live workshop.


  3.  Two-day live workshop

    Day one

    • Garbing
    • Working in Laminar Air Flow Hood (LAFH) - cleaning and positioning
    • Small Volume Parentral (SVP) - batching, individual prescription
    • Large Volume Parentral (LVP) (i.e., TPN and line with stopcock)
    • Reconstitution of Multi-Dose Vial (MDV)
    • Breaking ampoules
    • TPN  - multiple additives
    • Negative pressure technique
    • Attaching tubing and priming lines
    • Work in Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC)

    Day two - Demonstration of aseptic preparation

    • Demonstration of handwashing, garbing, and workspace preparation
    • Preparation of a sterile IV compound in a LAFH (verified by sterility testing)
    • Labelling of product sent for sterility testing

    You will need to be present for approximately one-hour on day two for the evaluation and you will be assigned to a time slot. If you wish to come earlier on day two to practice independently prior to the evaluation, please inform OPA staff at the end of day one.


  4.  Learner assessment
    • Practical exam (demonstration of aseptic technique as per day two of live workshop)
    • Online reflective exercises
    • Online multiple choice examination

Learning objectives  

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

Learning format

Participants will have the opportunity to interact, network and learn through:

Subject matter experts

This program has been developed in part with contributions from the following subject matter experts:

Continuing education units

Program letter of completion

To receive the letter of completion for this program, participants will be required to:

Last Updated: February 18, 2016. 

Inquiries: Please contact OPA’s professional development team by phone at 416-441-0788, option 3 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-877-341-0788, option 3), or by email at

Cancellation policy: Requests for cancellations or refunds must be submitted in writing to no later than 10 business days prior to the program date by 4:30 p.m. A $125 (+HST) cancellation fee will apply. Cancellations will not be refunded after the cancellation date.

Food service disclaimer: Most live programs provide refreshments and meals.  Participants who have health-related dietary needs or food allergies are encouraged to include details on their registration form of special dietary requests.  The Ontario Pharmacists Association will work with the program venue to accommodate dietary requests as best as possible but cannot guarantee that the venue will be able to meet all requests. Every effort is made to notify the venue catering staff about participants’ food allergies; however, there is always a risk of contamination. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the food supplies used by the venue could change the formulation at any time, without notice. Participants concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. The Ontario Pharmacists Association will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed or items one may come in contact with while eating at program venues. Participants concerned about their dietary needs are encouraged to contact the Ontario Pharmacists Association for additional information.

Protecting your privacy: Your privacy is important to us. Some information you provide to OPA in program registration forms and exercises may be considered personal information. The Association collects, uses, and shares the information contained in program registration forms and exercises for the sole purpose of processing your registration, issuing certificates of completion, awarding continuing education credits, and delivering OPA services, programs, and publications to you.

Disclaimer: Please note that this program may be videotaped for educational purposes and may include audio/videotaping and/or photography. By attending this program, you agree that your image and/or voice may be captured by these means and used for the purpose of advertising, delivering, and/or reproducing this OPA education program, and you hereby waive any right to remuneration from such advertising, delivering, and/or reproducing and any control thereof. 

Learners’ code of conduct: By registering for an OPA education program, you agree to follow OPA’s Learners’ code of conduct. For further details click here.

Visit the OPA website for more information and to register: