What Is USP?
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a non–governmental, official public standards–setting authority for prescription and over–the–counter medicines and other healthcare products manufactured or sold in the United States. USP also sets widely recognized standards for food ingredients and dietary supplements. USP sets standards for the quality, purity, strength, and consistency of these products–critical to the public health. USP’s standards are recognized and used in more than 130 countries around the globe. These standards have helped to ensure public health throughout the world for close to 200 years.
USP verifies active and inactive ingredients used in the manufacture of dietary supplement products. Ingredients that pass USP’s rigorous verification processes are awarded use of the USP Verified Dietary Supplement Ingredient Mark (image on right) to display on containers of the verified ingredient. The mark helps manufacturers recognize that they are buying ingredients of consistent quality for use in the supplements they manufacture. Learn more about USP Verified Dietary Supplement Ingredients and the verification process. See which companies are participating in the ingredient verification program, get a list of verified dietary supplement ingredients, or find out how dietary supplement ingredient manufacturers can participate.