USP History & Information

USP Milestones Timeline: View key dates and events in USP's rich and expansive history as a standards-setting organization and public health champion. Learn more through these additional resources:


USP's Global Impact: Since its founding in 1820, USP has transformed from a national entity to a global organization. Explore the expanding international scope of USP's work, collaborations, and leadersthat have made it possible.



FDA-USP Partners in Public Health: For more than a century,  the U.S. FDA, its predecessor agencies, and USP have worked together to protect the public health and promote the quality and safety of drugs, dietary supplements, and foods. Gain insight into this unique private-public partnership and its many accomplishments.



The USP Information Center (USPIC)


These exhibits and additonal resources are available for public viewing at the USPIC located at USP–U.S. in Rockville, MD. USPIC houses the USP library collection and its archive of historical artifacts, photographs, and USP memorabilia. Learn more about USPIC and its available resources.