USP Member Memo — September 23, 2014

In this Issue:

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2015 Convention Updates and More

Yes, the Beal is a Big Deal.

Nominations are Due October 2nd.

The USP Beal Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service is one of the organization’s highest honors, recognizing a current or former volunteer who has made outstanding contributions to the public health during his or her work as a volunteer.  Bestowed once every five years, this award was created to honor the lifelong USP contributions of James Hartley Beal, Ph.D., LL.B. (1861-1945) and his son, George Denton Beal, Ph.D. (1888 – 1972).  More information about the award and its history is available online.


A Proposal for You:

Submit a USP Resolution Proposal

  • To learn more about submitting a resolution proposal, watch this video.

Deadlines:  The first proposal deadline is October 1, 2014; these proposals will be reviewed for purposes of the preliminary report of the CoC due out in January 2015.  The FINAL deadline is February 6, 2015.

Resolution proposals help USP understand what stakeholders are thinking about their current and future work, and about the role they see for USP throughout its next five-year cycle.  Adopted Resolutions provide a formal channel for stakeholders to inform USP’s strategic direction.  The Council of the Convention (CoC) is welcoming proposals submissions from all interested stakeholders.

2015 Convention Registration is OPEN,
But Please THINK Before you INK (Type).

BEFORE completing the registration process, please remember:

  • Delegates OR Alternate Delegates* and Observer Representatives OR Observer Alternate Representatives* are primary registrants.
  • Wait to register if your organization is unsure about who will be attending as its official designee.
  • Read the Travel Policy PRIOR to registering.

*Thank you for responding to the records audit conducted last month.  Please look for a forthcoming email from Robin Campbell in which each Member Organization will be asked to name an alternate voting delegate in the event that the current delegate is not able to fulfill his/her duties leading up to and at the convention.

Council of Experts (CoE) 2015-2020 Revised Structure

Will Impact Elections in April

After careful consideration of input from both internal and external stakeholders, there has been a revision to the 2015-2020 CoE structure.  At the 2015 Convention, Delegates/Alternate Delegates will be voting for the CoE based on this new structure.  Changes include:  having all Expert Committees based in the US with the capacity to work globally, reintroduction of the Statistics Expert Committee, a name and scope change for the Therapeutic Information and Formulary Support Expert Committee, and a name and scope change for the Nomenclature and Labeling Expert Committee.  In addition, the Medicines Compendium (MC) Expert Committee activity will be reduced, likely concluding for this cycle by the end of 2014 or early 2015, which will allow USP to focus more closely on USP-NF monograph modernization and USP laboratory capacity to address a growing need for reference standards development.

More on InSight 2020:

USP's Strategic Initiatives

As you were informed last month, many InSight 2020 strategic initiatives have been launched by USP to help strengthen the organization and to develop its five-year strategy. The initiatives teams are in various stages of progress and, most recently, have begun presenting to USP’s Steering Committee to receive feedback on their path forward. This process check-in will help to ensure that each of the initiatives teams is thinking broadly and planning for trends and uncertainty so that their final recommendations will provide sustainable impact. This month, two new initiatives in the areas of External Education and Research and Innovation will launch, and dedicated working teams will, ultimately, make recommendations to better achieve USP’s mission.  We will continue to update you on the progress of the InSight 2020 program.

USP Workshops:

A list of upcoming USP Workshops

Synthetic Therapeutic Peptides – Regulations, Standards and Quality  (October 1, 2014)

DNA Methods for Quality Control of Botanical Products (October 23, 2014 - October 24, 2014)

Chemical Contaminants in Foods—Risk-based Approaches to Protect Public Health (November 20, 2014 - November 21, 2014)

Lifecycle Approach to Validation of Analytical Procedures with Related Statistical Tools (December 8, 2014 - December 9, 2014)

View previous 2014 Member Memos.