About USP

About USP

For nearly 200 years, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has protected public health by developing quality standards for critical and life-saving health products – including drugs, drug ingredients and dietary supplements.

Although not part of government, USP standards are recognized in US Law and USP works closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medicines sold in the United States must be approved by the FDA and are required to meet USP standards.

Except for new ingredients, dietary supplements do not need to be approved by the FDA before they are marketed and USP standards are voluntary.

USP standards are published in the United States Pharmacopeia which is recognized as an “official compendia” in the U.S. and used in 140 countries worldwide.

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