The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are developed and relied upon in more than 130 countries.
USP standards are developed and revised by more than 800 volunteer experts, including international participants, who work with USP under strict conflict-of-interest rules. Since its founding in 1820, USP has helped secure the quality of the American drug supply. Building on that legacy, USP today works with scientists, practitioners, and regulators of many nations to help protect public health worldwide.
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 envisions a world in which all citizens have access to high quality, safe, and beneficial medicines and foods. USP approaches this vision with a sense of urgency and purpose, strengthened by its cadre of dedicated expert volunteers, members, and staff, and by working collaboratively with key stakeholders across the globe.
The USP Strategic Plan
During each Convention cycle, USP leadership examines global needs and USP's resources and capabilities and determines an organized course of action to attain our vision. This course of action is outlined formally in the USP Strategic Plan. The current plan is focused on meeting these primary objectives: