School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Practice

The Pharmacy Practice Group is focussed on the inter-relationship between pharmacists and the communities they serve.

Aseptic Compounding Training and Validation (ACTiVe)

What is aseptic compounding and validation?

Aseptic compounding is the manipulation of sterile ingredients to achieve an end-product which remains in the sterile state. Such compounding is necessary when no commercial parenteral product is available.

Validation is the assessment of the trained operator’s ability to maintain the sterility of materials during the preparation of aseptically prepared products, in order to ensure that minimal contamination is introduced.

Who should do this course?

Our course is aimed at pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and allied health practitioners who need the skills in their practice.

What are the benefits?

This practical course will provide you with the compounding techniques necessary to prepare sterile products safely and efficiently. The course will give you confidence that you are working to current best practice to provide high quality products for your patients.

Training and validation provided

Level 1: Compounding in a Still Air Box

  • aseptic and sterile compounding theory
  • preparation of operator including hand-washing, gowning and the use of gloves, hats and masks
  • cleaning the Still Air Box
  • basic aseptic manipulations
  • compounding in the Still Air Box
  • microbial validation of the work area
  • validation of the operator (broth test level ONE)

Level 2: Compounding in a Horizontal Laminar Air Flow Cabinet

  • in addition to skills in Level 1, this level includes entry into the aseptic unit and preparation of products in the Horizontal Laminar Air Flow Cabinet
  • products include prefilled syringes, eye drops and additives to intravenous bags
  • validation of the operator (broth test level TWO)

Additional services:

  • annual validation certificates and broth test kits
  • advice on preparing Standard Operating Procedures
  • advice in preparing premises for aseptic compounding
  • advice on sourcing relevant reference material
  • advice on microbiological testing

For more information and to book


Lynn Gregory, Pharmacy Technician

Email: l.gregory

Links to booking websites:

Level 1 (SAB):

Level 2 (Aseptic unit):


Research interests within the Pharmacy Practice Group

  • Aseptic and sterile compounding, training and validation
  • BZP-containing party pills
  • Consumer perceptions of pharmaceutical services
  • Consumer self-medication practices
  • Direct-to-Consumer Advertising (DTCA) of pharmaceuticals
  • Drug utilisation
  • Elderly patients and medicine issues
  • England and Wales national survey of general practitioners and their involvement in the management of opiate dependence
  • Evaluation of novel cognitive pharmacy services, eg, medication review, pharmaceutical care, emergency contraceptive provision
  • Extension of prescribing authority to pharmacists and other health professionals
  • Medication error
  • Medication management of palliative patients
  • Methamphetamine health consequences and harm reduction
  • New Zealand survey of community pharmacy attitudes towards methadone supply and involvement in needle exchange
  • Ophthalmic compounding
  • Pharmaceutical microbiology
  • Pharmacotherapies for treatment of methamphetamine misuse
  • Pharmacy education and multidisciplinary learning
  • Pharmacy needle exchange
  • Post-rescheduling surveillance of pharmacist-only medicines
  • Prescription drug abuse and diversion
  • Provision of information on prescribed medicines from pharmacists
  • Quality-of-life evaluation in pharmaceutical care
  • Roles of primary health professionals in the management of opiate dependence
  • Screening and brief interventions in community pharmacy
  • Student learning
  • Utilisation of community pharmacy for primary healthcare