The USP is a standards-setting authority

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Description: The aim is to improve people’s health around the world

The US Pharmacopoeia

Introduction

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a non–governmental, not for profit, public standards–setting authority founded in 1820 for prescription and over–the–counter medicines and other healthcare products that are manufactured or sold in the United States.

USP also sets standards for food ingredients and dietary supplements which are widely recognized all over the world.  The standards are set to ensure quality, purity, strength, and consistency of the products which is critical to the public health.

USP Mission

To improve the health of people around the world through public standards and related programs that help ensure the quality, safety, and benefit of medicines and foods.

USP Programs and Services

USP carries out the following programs and services

  1. Product Quality–Documentary Standards

These are written standards for medicines, dietary supplements and food ingredients. These are used by regulatory agencies and manufacturers to ensure that their products meet the appropriate requirements of quality, purity, consistency and strength.

 

  1. Setting  product Quality–Reference Standards

The written standards work as reference standards for manufacturers and regulatory agencies. By federal law, certain prescription and over-the-counter medicines available in the United States must meet USP public standards.

 

  1. Provides standards for healthcare quality and safety

The FCC is a compendium of standards used for determining, verifying and standardizing quality and purity of food ingredients like preservatives, flavorings, colorings and nutrients all over the world. These standards for food ingredients were formulated by USP.

 

  1. Promotes the Quality of Medicines Program

This program focuses on improving the quality of medicines intended to treat HIV, malaria and tuberculosis and growth of drug-resistant strains of these diseases.

  1. Provides Product Quality–Verification Services

Performs testing and audit programs for dietary supplement products and ingredients. Products that meet the requirements of the program can display the USP Verified Dietary Supplement Mark on their labels. The products that meet the USP standards can display USP mark which means that they meet the USP standards; these are not necessarily verified by USP.

  1. Provides Education on quality, purity, strength and consistency of products that can be achieved by adhering to the standards.

 

  1. Promoting Drug Quality in Developing Countries

Information relating to various aspects of drug use is provided to practitioners, pharmacists, and others healthcare decision making authorities.

 

  1. International co-operation and standardization

Promotes international co-operation and standardization in order to enhance purity, quality, strength and consistency of over-the-counter medication, dietary supplements, and food ingredients.

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