For Healthcare Practitioners

Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates dietary supplements differently than pharmaceuticals, it can be difficult for patients to know which dietary supplement products are good quality. Two out of three consumers rely on the recommendations of healthcare practitioners when choosing a supplement.

One indicator that health care practitioners can use to help ensure patients are taking quality supplements is the USP Verified Mark. The USP Verified Mark is the industry gold standard for independent product testing.

How to Choose a Quality Supplement

In a representative survey of licensed, practicing dietitians, nutritionists, physicians, and pharmacists, the top three most important elements when recommending a dietary supplement were:

product quality, ingredient list, and quality assurance marks or seals.

In a representative


The USP Verified Mark was the #1 recommended seal/mark    
by healthcare practitioners to their patients.



If it’s USP Verified, it means the product:

If it’s USP Verified
Contains the ingredients listed on the label in the declared strength and amounts
Does not contain harmful levels of specified contaminants
Does not contain harmful levels of specified contaminants, such as heavy metals and pesticides
Complies with FDA
Complies with FDA Good Manufacturing Practices, using sanitary and well-controlled processes
Will break down and dissolve
Will break down and dissolve within a specified amount of time so the dietary ingredients can be released and absorbed by the body
Healthcare practitioners
Healthcare practitioners

Healthcare practitioners should speak with their patients about the importance of choosing quality supplements and ensuring that the USP Verified Mark is present on the products they are purchasing. It is the best way to help ensure that what’s on the label is what’s in the bottle.

Learn more from this USP blog post about why HCPs should explain the importance of USP Verified dietary supplements and vitamins to patients.

Quality supplement brochure

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