What is the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention?

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is an independent, nonprofit organization that establishes standards that help ensure the quality and benefit of medicines and foods. Since its founding in 1820, USP has published standards for medicines in its flagship compendium, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Building on nearly two centuries of standards-setting expertise, USP now publishes additional compendia including the National Formulary (NF), Dietary Supplements Compendium (DSC), Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), USP on Compounding, Medicines Compendium (MC), and, most recently, the new Herbal Medicines Compendium (HMC).