Rockville, MD, May 4, 2020 – The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) has published an in-depth review on the historical context for the evolution of botanical quality standards and the methods and tools used to evaluate the quality of botanical dietary supplements. In the article Quality Standards for Botanicals — Legacy of USP’s 200 Years of Contributions published in HerbalGram, USP authors also look ahead at how current and emerging technologies will be leveraged to help ensure the quality of these products that millions of people trust.
Founded to help protect people from inconsistent and poor-quality medicines, USP has provided quality standards for botanical, chemical and biological products for the past 200 years. As scientific and medical knowledge and technologies advanced, USP adapted to the changes.
Documentary standards were – and are – continuously revised to include newer, more accurate and precise methods to verify the purity, identity, strength and performance of botanical dietary supplements. In Quality Standards for Botanicals — Legacy of USP’s 200 Years of Contributions, USP authors examine public quality standards for botanicals over the years and how they have helped safeguard the quality of botanical dietary supplements.
Learn more about USP standards used to help ensure the quality of botanical and non-botanical dietary supplements and herbal medicines.
USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. Through our standards, advocacy and education, USP helps increase the availability of quality medicines, supplements and food for billions of people worldwide.