Microbial Evaluation for Sterile Compounders

ACPE Numbers: 0204-0000-20-122-H07-P/T
Content Release Date: June 30, 2020
Expiration Date: June 29, 2023
Activity Type: Application-based
CE Credits: 1.00 hour (ACPE only)
Activity Fee: Members / Non-Member – Free

Activity Overview

A compounding specialist will guide a discussion on microbial evaluation including: alert and action levels relative to sample results, requirements to read results in-house vs. use of external microbiologists, and how to interpret example plates. 


The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Target Audience

This activity was planned to meet the educational needs of Pharmacists and Pharmacy technicians with an interest in sterile compounding.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply alert and action levels to sample results.
  • Compare requirements to read results in-house vs. use of external microbiologists.
  • Interpret example sample plates shown.

Schedule of Activities

  • Introduction and Announcements
  • Presentation with self-assessment


Dr. Cynthia Chan, Pharm.D., Pharmacy Operations Manager, Providence Infusion and Pharmacy Services, Tukwila, Washington


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Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of a recording of a faculty slide presentation with embedded self- assessment. Participants must participate in the activity in its entirety to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts online to complete the evaluation, claim credit, and view the statement of credit immediately after completing the activity.

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