The Pre- and In-process aseptic checking programme aims to promote robust checking systems in aseptic services as well as developing a safe and portable skill mix to ensure patients receive products suitable for their intended use. To be accepted on to the course, participants must meet the following essential criteria:
- have the relevant experience in aseptic dispensing (MT02 or 2 years post qualification)
- work in the aseptic department and have the appropriate SOPs in place
- have the support of the aseptic lead pharmacist within their Trust
- have identified a mentor to support them through the programme.
The PIP programme is a 3-12 month programme that begins with an induction workshop, facilitated by NICPLD. Mentors must also attend a mentor programme. Thereafter, trainees must compile a log of 1000 pre- and/or in-process accuracy checks on aseptically dispensed or manufactured items and demonstrate an understanding of the process of aseptic preparation, local SOPs and the role of pre and in-process checks in quality assurance. At the end of the programme, trainees must undertake a checking assessment of 10 aseptically dispensed items, which reflect the range of products made in the unit, Successful candidates will then undertake a probation period before being accredited as a PIP checking technician.
Pharmacy technicians qualifying with the PIP accreditation must revalidate their qualification every two years.