Since we do not have a staff pharmacist, standard D-01 Pharmaceutical Operations says that a consulting pharmacist should be used for documented inspections and consultation on a regular basis, not less than quarterly. Does a pharmacist have to be the one to physically conduct the inspections, or can a pharmacy tech do the inspection as long as it is reviewed and signed off by a pharmacist?
No. The intention of this standard is that a consulting pharmacist actually conducts the inspections. A situation where another type of staff member conducts the inspection and then has a pharmacist sign off would not be in compliance with the standard.
— From CorrectCare Volume 23, Issue 4, Fall 2009