The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) was created in 1820 by a group of 11 physicians who recognized an essential need for a national lexicon of drug names and formulas in the United States. At the time, the marketplace for drugs and medicinals was chaotic: there was little assurance of consistency or quality regarding the medicines that patients were taking. The first edition of the USP featured the best drugs and preparations and defined terminology that facilitated communication between the physicians who prescribed and administered medicines and the pharmacists who prepared them.
Since this time, USP's focus on quality has expanded to new areas of medicine, pharmacy, patient care, dietary supplements, and foods. And, our reach has extended beyond U.S. borders to countries around the world. Read about USP's major achievements in the 2013 Annual Report and download a complete copy.
To learn more about USP's vast impact and the many regions and people it reaches, visit the links below:
- USP's Mission & History
- Statements on USP Standards
- The Value of Standards: viewpoints and success stories on USP standards and their benefit to public health
- USP's International Activities
- USP and Manufacturers: Pharmaceuticals, Biologics & Biotechnology, Food Ingredients, Dietary Supplements
- USP and Healthcare Providers
- USP and Regulators
- USP and Consumers