Visit http://www.usp.org to learn more. What is a pharmacopeia? Since 1820, the United States Pharmacopeia has been the authoritative organization working to ensure the consistency and quality of medicines and vitamins. USP reference standards are recognized by the FDA as the standard for testing vitamins and medicines against, ensuring quality products that contribute to public health and wellness.
Consensus is lacking regarding the critical chemical, physical, and functional characteristics of food and dietary supplement ingredients and how to measure them. USP is dedicating its 2012 Science & Standards Symposium to interactively discuss these cutting-edge topics, with the goal of seeking consensus on the principal aspects needed to address quality standards for functional ingredients. More information is available at http://uspgo.to/boston-s3-2012.