From NCPA Advocacy Center Update, Oct. 2: On Sept. 29, USP announced its intent to postpone the official date of General Chapter 800 Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings. The announcement has implications for both USP 800 and USP 797 Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations. The intent of the USP Expert Committee is to align Chapters 800 and 797, providing a unified approach to compounding. The next revision to General Chapter 797 is anticipated to be published in September/October 2018 for a second round of public comment. Both USP General Chapter 797 and USP General Chapter 800 are anticipated to become official on December 1, 2019. Sections of the revised 797 may have longer implementation dates that will allow time for adoption of the standard. The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) welcomes this delay and will continue to work to educate State Boards of Pharmacy, who have full oversight of USP, about the impacts to community pharmacies and patients.