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What is USP 800?

USP Chapter <800> (officially titled “General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings”) describes practice and quality standards for handling hazardous drugs (HDs) to promote patient safety, worker safety and environmental protection. Handling HDs includes, but is not limited to, the receipt, storage, compounding, dispensing, administration and disposal of sterile and nonsterile products and preparations.1

API Active pharmaceutical ingredient
CACI Compounding aseptic containment isolator
C-PEC Containment primary engineering control
C-SEC Containment secondary engineering control
HD Hazardous drug
HEPA High-efficiency particulate air
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
SOP Standard operating procedure


  1. US Pharmacopeial Convention. (2016). Frequently Asked Questions: <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings. Retrieved from http://www.usp.org/frequently-asked-questions/hazardous-drugs-handling-healthcare-settings