2017 Company Profiles: U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)
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USP: Setting Standards for Dietary Supplements, Food Ingredients & Pharmaceuticals
Who Is USP?
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific, nonprofit, standards-setting organization that advances public health through standards and related programs that help ensure the quality, safety, and benefit of medicines and foods. USP operates globally and its drug and food ingredient standards are used worldwide.
What Does USP Do?
Helps Establish Quality Through a Host of Products and Services
USP establishes documentary and reference standards that demonstrate and authenticate the identity, strength, quality, and purity of dietary supplements, food ingredients and medicines. Its standards are published in the following authoritative compendia: The United States Pharmacopeia–National Formulary (USP–NF); the USP Dietary Supplements Compendium (DSC); and the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC).
• USP Dietary Supplements Compendium (DSC)
The DSC is a comprehensive resource for use in the development and testing of dietary supplement and helping authenticate the quality of dietary supplements and their ingredients. It contains dietary supplement standards from the United States Pharmacopeia– National Formulary (USP–NF) and food ingredient standards from the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), USP’s compendium of internationally recognized standards to verify the identity, quality and purity of food ingredients. It features monograph standards, test procedures and acceptance criteria, admission evaluations, regulatory guidance, and full-color macro/micro photographs, diagrams, chemical structures and HPTLC/TLC/GC pictures.
USP Dietary Supplement Verification Program
USP’s voluntary, third-party testing and auditing program helps dietary supplement manufacturers confirm the quality of their products. Supplements that meet USP’s stringent criteria are awarded use of the USP Verified Mark for display on labeling, packaging, and promotional materials. When consumers see the USP Verified Mark on a supplement product label they understand that the product’s quality, purity and potency have been verified by a reputable independent organization.
GMP Audit Program for Dietary Ingredients and Supplements
USP’s good manufacturing practices (GMP) audit program specializes in dietary supplement and ingredient manufacturing facilities and provides audit criteria that helps manufacturers meet and exceed FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) cGMP requirements.
USP Food Safety and Integrity Solutions
USP addresses food ingredient quality, safety, and integrity with offerings that include the Food Chemicals Codex (with more than 1,200 methods and specifications) and hundreds of reference materials; the Food Fraud Database, Food Fraud Mitigation Guidance; and related training and advising services that focus on mitigating the risk of economically motivated adulteration (EMA) as now required by the FDA, GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative), and other regulatory/certification bodies.