About the U.S. Pharmacopeia

About USP

For over 200 years, USP has worked to build trust where it matters most: in the world's medicines, dietary supplements and foods. Through our rigorous science and the public quality standards we set, USP helps protect patient safety and improve the health of people around the world.

USP is an independent, scientific nonprofit organization focused on building trust in the supply of safe, quality medicines. We are working to strengthen the global supply chain so that the medicines people rely on for health are available when needed and work as expected.

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Improving global health through public standards

We are committed to the quality of medicines and to protecting patients, helping build the public's trust and confidence in drug therapies, enabling people to live longer and healthier.


USP envisions a world in which all have access to high quality, safe and beneficial medicines

As we continue to adapt, grow and evolve with science and medicine, we strive for a world where everyone trusts the medicines that improve and save lives.

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Scientific expertise and advancement, of our staff and world-wide volunteer experts, are at the root of USP’s work to develop public quality standards that help increase the availability of medicines, dietary supplements and food for billions of people worldwide.


Learn about the science behind our standards