USP 797 Updates

USP 797 Updates


In the landscape of pharmaceutical standards, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) plays a crucial role in setting the bar for the identity, quality, purity, and strength of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements. As technology and medicine advance, so do the standards that safeguard health and well-being. The most recent revision to USP 797 brings forth changes that touch various aspects of pharmaceutical practices. In this blog post, we’ll explore the USP Regulatory Standards Development Process.

Understanding the USP Regulatory Standards Development Process

Before diving into the specific changes, it’s essential to grasp the process through which USP standards are developed. The USP Regulatory Standards Development Process follows a sequence of steps, starting with identifying a public health need. Once identified, a draft standard is created, opening the floor to a public comment period. Following thorough review and approval, the standard is published. This collaborative process involves manufacturers, expert committees comprised of industry professionals, health care practitioners, academia, and government representatives, all working together to ensure the highest quality in industry standards.

Key Revisions in the Recent USP 797 Update

The most recent USP 797 revision covers a spectrum of critical areas in pharmaceutical practices. Let’s explore some of the key aspects highlighted in this comprehensive update. Alternatively, watch this webinar titled Understanding and Applying USP 797 Updates from Particle Measuring Systems.

  1. Compound Sterile Preparations The revision addresses standards related to the compounding of sterile preparations, emphasizing safety and quality in the production process.
  2. Beyond Use Dates Requirements There are updates to the requirements for determining Beyond Use Dates, ensuring that pharmaceutical products maintain their integrity and efficacy for the intended duration.
  3. Terminal Sterilization Changes in standards for terminal sterilization procedures aim to enhance the safety and effectiveness of sterilization processes in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  4. Personnel Qualification The revision emphasizes the importance of personnel qualification, ensuring that individuals involved in pharmaceutical processes meet the necessary competency standards.
  5. Calibrations, Certifications, and Qualifications Stringent requirements for the calibration, certification, and qualification of equipment and processes have been outlined to uphold precision and accuracy.
  6. Facility Requirements Updates in facility requirements contribute to maintaining a sterile and controlled environment, crucial for pharmaceutical operations.
  7. Certification Requirements of Classified Cleanrooms The revision outlines specific certification requirements for classified cleanrooms, aligning with the industry’s commitment to quality and safety.
  8. Environmental Quality and Control Enhancements in standards related to environmental quality and control contribute to the overall integrity of pharmaceutical processes.
  9. Microbial Air and Surface Risk Assessment The USP 797 update includes guidelines for microbial air and surface risk assessment, emphasizing proactive measures to identify and mitigate potential risks.
  10. Microbial Air and Surface Monitoring The standards provide clarity on microbial air and surface monitoring, ensuring a comprehensive approach to quality assurance.

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