USP Announces New Dietary Standards Education Program Offered through Health Professional Associations, Trade Organizations, and Colleges and Universities

Feb. 25, 2004 -- Rockville, Md. —The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is pleased to announce a new USP Dietary Standards Professional Education Program for 2004. This national education program, which is being offered to health professional and trade organizations, colleges and universities, and other interested parties, is designed to help clarify ongoing confusion among health care professionals and others about the quality, safety, and efficacy of dietary supplements.

The first set of presentations, offered in various locations nationwide from February to September 2004, will assist pharmacists to identify important criteria to help consumers and others make informed choices regarding the selection of quality dietary supplements.

In addition to explaining USP's role in improving the quality of dietary supplements and their applications, pharmacists and other participants will also learn and discuss the following:

  • The unique characteristics of USP's Verification Program for dietary supplements;
  • Attributes of products carrying the USP verification mark;
  • The components of a USP monograph that are relevant to product assessment;
  • How to identify information resources needed to compare and evaluate botanical products;
  • The different marketed formulations of botanical products;
  • How to compare and contrast botanical supplement labels using USP criteria; and
  • How USP standards can be used to help evaluate the scientific botanical literature.
The USP Dietary Standards Professional Education Program is open to any interested health professional groups with 100 participants or more, and it is currently being offered at the following locations:

March 7, 2004 Portland, Ore. Oregon State Pharmacists Association
May 22, 2004 Louisville, Ky. Kentucky Pharmacy Association
June 11, 2004 Denver, Colo. Colorado Pharmacists Society
June 12, 2004 Couer d’Alene, Idaho Tristate Pharmacy Annual Meeting
July 23, 2004 Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association
September 2004 Austin, Texas University of Texas College of Pharmacy

For more information about the Dietary Standards Education Program, including a description and availability, please visit For further information about the program, or to schedule a presentation, please contact David Roll at (301) 816-8316 or by email at [email protected].

USP—Advancing Public Health Since 1820
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, standard-setting organization that advances public health by ensuring the quality and consistency of medicines, promoting the safe and proper use of medications, and verifying ingredients in dietary supplements. These standards, which are recognized worldwide, are developed by a unique process of public involvement through the contributions of volunteers representing pharmacy, medicine, and other health care professions, as well as science, academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry, and consumer organizations. For more information about USP and its four public health programs, visit

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