Governance

USP is governed by three bodies composed entirely of volunteers from around the world: the USP Convention membership, the Board of Trustees, and the Council of Experts and its Expert Committees. View Fast Facts about USP's volunteer leadership bodies.

View Policies and Rules that affirm our on-going commitment to responsible, ethical, and legal practices throughout the organization and in all aspects of USP activities. These principles govern the conduct of USP's officers, trustees, other volunteers, and employees.

USP Convention Membership

The USP Convention consists of member organizations representing a variety of valuable perspectives, including: academic institutions, health practitioner and scientific associations, consumer organizations, manufacturer and trade associations, government bodies and associations, and non-governmental standards-setting and conformity assessment bodies.

Board of Trustees

The USP Board of Trustees is elected every 5 years by the Convention Membership. The 2015–2020 Board of Trustees that was elected by the Convention membership in April 2015 took office on July 1, 2015. The Board makes decisions that guide USP's policies, finances, and strategic direction. The Board comprises two trustees who represent the medical sciences; two trustees who represent the pharmaceutical sciences; three trustees who serve in an at-large capacity; and one trustee who represents the public interest. The officers include a president, treasurer, and past president.

Council of Experts and its Expert Committees

The Council of Experts is the body that makes USP's scientific and standards-setting decisions. Members of the Council are elected by the USP Convention membership. Each Council member serves as the chair of an Expert Committee for a five-year term. The chairs elect the members of the Expert Committees who also serve five-year terms. The Council of Experts and its Expert Committees provide the scientific foundation for USP's public health products and programs.