Compounding Quality Act

Public Law 113–54

113th Congress

An Act

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to human drug compounding and drug supply chain security, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION


This Act may be cited as the ''Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA)''.

Title I of the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 

On November 27, 2013, President Obama signed the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), legislation that contains important provisions relating to the oversight of compounding of human drugs.

Title I of this new law, the Compounding Quality Act, removes certain provisions from section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that were found to be unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2002. Section 503A describes the conditions under which certain compounded human drug products are entitled to exemptions from three sections of the FDCA requiring:

  • Compliance with current good manufacturing practices (CGMP) (section 501(a)(2)(B));
  • Labeling with adequate directions for use (section 502(f)(1)); and
  • FDA approval prior to marketing (section 505).

By removing the unconstitutional provisions, the new law removes uncertainty regarding the validity of section 503A, which will be applicable to compounders nationwide.

In addition, the new law creates a new section 503B of the FDCA for exemptions from the FDA approval requirements and the requirement to label products with adequate directions for use, but not the exemption from CGMP requirements. Outsourcing facilities:

  1. Must comply with CGMP requirements,
  2. Will be inspected by FDA according to a risk-based schedule, and
  3. Must meet certain other conditions, such as reporting adverse events and providing FDA with certain information about the products they compound.

If compounders register with the FDA as outsourcing facilities, hospitals and other health care providers can provide their patients with drugs that were compounded in outsourcing facilities that are subject to CGMP requirements and federal oversight.

If a compounder chooses not to register as an outsourcing facility and qualify for the exemptions under section 503B, the compounder could qualify for the exemptions under section 503A of the FDCA. Otherwise, it would be subject to all of the requirements applicable to conventional manufacturers.

FDA anticipates that state boards of pharmacy will continue their oversight and regulation of the practice of pharmacy, including traditional pharmacy compounding. The Agency also intends to continue to cooperate with State authorities to address pharmacy compounding activities that may be violative of the FDCA.

FDA Implementation of the Compounding Quality Act

  1. FDA Actions to Implement Compounding Quality Act
    1. Outsourcing Facility Registration and Reporting
    2. Traditional Compounding
    3. Enhanced Communication with States
    4. Creation of Advisory Committee
    5. Nominations for Lists
    6. Inspections and Enforcement

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Last Updated: 2015-10-03

H.R.3204 – Drug Quality and Security Act