2012 USP Dietary Supplements Compendium Out Now

April 30, 2012

The two-volume set is now available for purchase.

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP; Rockville, MD) has prepared a 2012 version of its USP Dietary Supplements Compendium, now available for purchase.

The USP Dietary Supplements Compendium is a resource for dietary supplement manufacturers wanting to maintain ingredient quality throughout their supply chains. Features of the book include analytical methods and specifications for dietary supplement ingredients, tables of dietary intake levels, regulatory framework for dietary supplements, checklists for GMP audits, and FTC and FDA guidelines for appropriate labeling on dietary supplements.

“As these raw materials are sourced from around the world and global manufacturing of finished products accelerates, the newest version of the DSC can assist dietary supplement manufacturers in developing quality specifications, testing new products, qualifying raw materials, and protecting their overall supply chains from instances of fraud, contamination, etc.,” says the USP in its latest announcement.

Add-ons to the 2012 version of the Dietary Supplements Compendium include new and revised safety reviews of 23 ingredients (including black cohosh, decaffeinated green tea extract, melatonin, and maca), revised standards for ingredients (including ginkgo, turmeric, and centella), and 64 new dietary supplement monographs.

USP standards can be used as a basis for any buyer-suppler relationship and contractual agreements regarding expected quality of dietary supplement components.