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USP Verified Dietary Supplements

USP Verified The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is the official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and other healthcare products manufactured and sold in the United States. USP tests the purity, potency, and quality of dietary supplement finished products that are voluntarily entered by their manufacturer in the program. Dietary supplements are not required to be tested or to conform to USP standards in order to be marketed in the US. Only those that meet USP’s criteria are allowed use of the USP Verified Dietary Supplement Mark to display on their product labels and can be found athttp://www.usp.org/USPVerified/dietarySupplements/supplements.html

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The USP Dietary Supplement Verification Program is a voluntary testing and auditing program that helps dietary supplement manufacturers ensure the production of quality products for consumers.

The USP Verified Mark and What It Means

Products that meet the program’s stringent criteria are awarded the distinctive USP Verified Mark for use on labels, packaging, and promotional materials. The Mark makes it easy for customers, healthcare practitioners, and retailers to identify USP Verified products. Seeing the USP Verified Mark on a label indicates that the dietary supplement product inside

  • Contains the ingredients listed on the label, in the declared potency and amounts. Read More
  • Does not contain harmful levels of specified contaminants. Read More
  • Will break down and release into the body within a specified amount of time.Read More
  • Has been made according to FDA current Good Manufacturing Practices using sanitary and well-controlled procedures. Read More

Where You Can Find the Mark

The USP Verified Mark can be found on dietary supplement products stocked in U.S. pharmacies, wholesale clubs, groceries, and other retail outlets. (See a complete list of current USP Verified products.) The USP Verified Mark also appears next to verified products featured on these professional and consumer health databases: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database and ConsumerReportsHealth.org. (A subscription may be necessary to view site information.)

What Makes the Program Unique

As a nonprofit federally recognized standards-setting organization, USP is the only such organization that also offers voluntary verification services. USP’s expertise in the field stems from its nearly 200 years of experience establishing standards of quality for medications and, more recently, dietary supplements and food ingredients. USP standards are used in more than 140 countries and are federally recognized per the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.

The USP Dietary Supplement Verification Process

USP conducts a rigorous process of tests and reviews before awarding the USP Verified Mark to a dietary supplement that a manufacturer voluntarily submits for verification. The process includes the following steps:

  • Experienced USP scientists test supplement products to ensure that they meet USP standards for quality, purity, and potency. This includes testing dietary supplement products and their ingredients against dietary supplement standards found in The United States Pharmacopeia and The National Formulary (USP–NF).
  • USP conducts a thorough manufacturing and quality control/product document review.
  • USP performs an on-site manufacturing facility audit for compliance with USP standards and FDA current Good Manufacturing Practices (21 CFR Part 111).
  • After a product is verified, USP performs random, off-the-shelf testing to confirm that it continues to meet USP’s strict standards.

For complete details on the USP Verification process for dietary supplements, please see theParticipant Manual.

Companies Participating in the USP Verified Program for Dietary Supplements

The manufacturers listed below have chosen to participate in USP’s verification program for dietary supplements. They have submitted selected products and brands for verification. Click on a company name to visit the company’s website. A complete list of Verified products is also available.

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Source: USP.org

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