When it comes to dietary supplements, many consumers and healthcare practitioners look for independent oversight from a “third party” not associated with the manufacturer and with the necessary expertise to assess quality.
What is the Dietary Supplements Verification Program?
The USP Dietary Supplement Verification Program is a voluntary program open to manufacturers of dietary supplement finished products from around the world.
Through a rigorous testing and auditing process, USP evaluates voluntarily submitted products against federally recognized USP–NF standards of quality, purity, potency, performance, and consistency and current FDA good manufacturing practices.
During a climate of increased government scrutiny and consumer concerns about the trust and quality of dietary supplements, the USP Dietary Supplement Verification Program can help enhance a manufacturer's competitive position and brand recognition by promoting the manufacturer's commitment to produce quality products for consumers.
How do I obtain the USP Verification Mark?
- Manufacturing facility audit for compliance with USP General Chapter <2750> Manufacturing Practices for Dietary Supplements and FDA current Good Manufacturing Practices (21 CFR Part 111);
- Review of manufacturing and quality control product documentation;
- Laboratory testing of samples of dietary supplements for compliance to standards of quality found in the USP–NF, or to appropriate manufacturer specifications if a USP standard does not exist; and
- Off-the-shelf testing of USP Verified dietary supplements to confirm that the product continues to meet USP's strict standards.
Dietary supplement products that meet the program's strict testing and evaluation criteria are awarded the distinctive USP Verified Mark. The Mark can be used on product labeling, packaging, and promotional materials to help distinguish USP Verified products in the marketplace and aid consumers in their decision-making process. Since the program's inception, the USP Verified Mark has appeared on more than 700 million labels/packages of dietary supplements.