2022-2023 Update: Lean Concepts Training in Non-Sterile Compounding

Compounding is an integral part of pharmacy practice and is essential to the provision of healthcare. In response to numerous tragic patient outcomes, a result of the lack of attention to the main principles of USP <795>, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy implemented continuing education requirements for those pharmacists performing and/or overseeing complex non-sterile compounding. Personnel involved in compounding require additional, specific training and periodic retraining beyond the training needed for routine dispensing duties. A thorough quality assurance program for compounded preparations requires documentation of both training and skill and competency.

Per Massachusetts General Law (Part 1/Title XVI/Chapter 112/Section 39H), "A retail complex non-sterile compounding pharmacy license shall not be renewed until the licensee certifies that their employees have been trained in lean concepts, which are tools that assist in the identification and steady elimination of waste and promote continuous improvement in quality and efficiency."

This module (0.5 CE), along with the other two MCPHS complex non-sterile compounding CE modules, 'Critical Pharm Calculations' (1.25 CE) and 'USP 795' (1.25 CE), total to 3.0 credits of non-sterile compounding.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Define lean concepts and explain ideas behind the methodology.
  • Describe new regulations in Massachusetts related to lean concept training.
  • Demonstrate how lean concepts can improve the pharmacy environment.
  • Explain the 5S Methodology and other methods to incorporate lean concepts into the pharmacy workplace.


Omar Allibhai, PharmD, RPh, FACA, is a registered pharmacist at Johnson Compounding & Wellness. He is the first pharmacist to complete a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in pharmacy compounding in the nation. Omar works in different aspects of the pharmacy including non-sterile compounding, formulation development, training new employees, and developing quality assurance programs. He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a certificate in radio-pharmacy from MCPHS University. He is a member of the Massachusetts Independent Pharmacists Association, Massachusetts Pharmacist Association, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, American College of Apothecaries, and the Johnson Compounding and Wellness’s Quality Assurance team.

Registration Fee: Free for MCPHS alumni and full-time employees; $12.00 for all other professionals.

Release Date: October 7, 2022
Expiration Date: October 6, 2023 
ACPE UAN: 0026-0000-22-014-H03-P | Knowledge
ACPE Topic Designator: Pharmacy Law
Contact Hours: 0.5 (0.05 CEU)

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences designates this educational activity for a total of 0.5 contact hours (0.05 CEUs).

To receive credit, participants must complete pre and post-assessments, view the entire presentation, and evaluate the session. Participant credit will be reported to the CPE Monitor upon conclusion. Transcripts may be printed from the CPE Monitor.

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Omar Allibhai does not hold relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

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