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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Compound, manipulate, prepare and pack pharmaceutical products 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256496  Compound, manipulate, prepare and pack pharmaceutical products 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Pharmacy 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Curative Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
6883  Pharmacists' Assistants Basic Level: Manufacture and compound pharmaceutical products  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
An individual who has achieved this unit standard is capable of compounding, manipulating, preparing and packing a pharmaceutical product, including preparing for and concluding the process. In addition the individual will be able to implement and record the quality control process. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 2.

    The Unit Standards:
  • ID 256475: Explain pharmaceutical concepts and terms.
  • ID 256485: Apply ethical and legal behaviour in the pharmaceutical and health environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Implement and record the quality control process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An order for compounding, manipulation or preparation is received, read and checked for discrepancies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The instruction is validated within the Scope of Practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Critical points are identified and approval is obtained from authorised person at each of the different phases of the process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Steps are documented where applicable on batch document. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Documentation is completed according to standard operating procedure. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for compounding, manipulation and packing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The work area is prepared according to relevant regulatory and legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate dress code and safety requirements are complied with in accordance with the activity being planned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The appropriate equipment is selected and prepared to complete the procedure/process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The correct packaging materials are identified for different products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The appropriate labels are obtained from the authorised person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The correct ingredients are obtained in accordance with the work instruction. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Compound, manipulate, prepare and pack a product according to instruction. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Instruction includes the standard operating procedure, formulae and prescriptions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Authorisation for the ingredients, packaging and labels selected for the order is obtained from the person with the authority to give such authorisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Correct counting, measuring, weighing and mixing techniques are applied according to instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Product is packed into the appropriately labelled container. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conclude the compounding, manipulation and packaging process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of the relevant standard operating procedures is explained in terms of legislative and health and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Unused product is returned to appropriate storage areas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Unused labels are destroyed according to and upon instruction from the appropriately authorised person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The work area and equipment are cleaned and equipment is stored in accordance with relevant standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Waste is disposed of according to environmental health legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The required documentation is completed and stored in accordance with the legislative requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderators must be accredited and allocated by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Scope of practice.
  • Critical aspects.
  • Appropriate regulations.
  • Appropriate authorisation.
  • Appropriate containers and packaging.
  • Deviations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work with others in a team.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Implement and record the quality control process.
  • Prepare for compounding, manipulation and packing process.
  • Compound, manipulate, prepare and pack a product according to instruction. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and ones activities.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 6883, "Pharmacists' Assistants Basic Level: Manufacture and compound pharmaceutical products", Level 3, 10 credits.

    Assessment Note:

    It is recommended that the following fundamental unit standard be integrated with the Unit Standard Compound, manipulate, prepare and pack pharmaceutical products during assessment:
  • 9010: Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  72049   National Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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