Senators Harkin and Hatch Endorse USP's Dietary Supplement Verification Program

August 22, 2002 Rockville, Maryland — The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is pleased to announce that Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) have commended USP for initiating its Dietary Supplement Verification Program (DSVP).

In a letter addressed to USP, the Senators wrote: “We … commend USP on initiating its Dietary Supplement Verification Program (DSVP). We welcome the development of mechanisms such as DSVP that can help inform consumers about the quality of dietary supplements in the marketplace.”

  • Contain the ingredients declared on the product label;
  • Contain the amount or strength of ingredients declared on the product label;
  • Meet requirements for limits on potential contaminants; and
  • Have been manufactured properly by complying with USP and proposed FDA standards for good manufacturing practices (GMPs).

    “It is appropriate that USP, publisher of the nation’s official compendia, the United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary (USP–NF), has undertaken this task. USP has a long history in this field.” The Senators continued by noting that “DSVP is an important complement to the role of the FDA and to USP’s traditional standard-setting activities.”

    The DSVP program was launched in November 2001 and was created to help inform and safeguard the growing number of consumers who use dietary supplements.

    “We greatly appreciate Senators Harkin’s and Hatch’s support,” said Roger L. Williams, M.D., executive vice president and chief executive officer of USP. “Both Senators Harkin and Hatch recognize the importance of DSVP and the significant impact the program will make on public health in the United States.”

    A copy of the Senators’ letter is attached to this news release. Click here to view (1.8Mb)

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