Equipment used in the compounding of drug products shall be of appropriate design and capacity, as well as suitably located to facilitate operations for its intended use, cleaning, and maintenance. Compounding equipment shall be of suitable composition so the surfaces that contact components shall not be reactive, additive, or absorptive so as to alter the purity of the product compounded. Equipment and utensils used for compounding shall be cleaned and sanitized prior to use to prevent contamination. Equipment and utensils shall be stored in a manner to protect from contamination. Automated, mechanical, electronic, limited commercial scale manufacturing, or testing equipment and other types of equipment may be used in the compounding of drug products. If such equipment is used, it shall be routinely inspected, calibrated, if necessary, or checked to ensure proper performance. Immediately prior to the initiation of compounding operations, the equipment and utensils shall be inspected by the pharmacist and determined to be suitable for use. When potent or hazardous drugs, such as antibiotics, cytotoxins, and steroid hormones, are involved, appropriate measures shall be utilized in order to prevent cross-contamination and proper disposal procedures shall be followed. Measures shall include either the dedication of equipment for such operations or the meticulous cleaning of equipment prior to its use for the preparation of other drugs.