V. Srini Srinivasan Named Vice President for DSVP

Veteran USP Scientist Will Lead Dietary Supplement Verification Program

Rockville, Md., May 2, 2002—The United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP) Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John T. Fowler has announced that V. Srini Srinivasan, Ph.D., has been appointed vice president of USP’s Dietary Supplement Verification Program (DSVP). Dr. Srinivasan was named acting vice president for DSVP in March of this year, and was previously USP’s director of dietary supplement standards.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce Dr. Srinivasan’s promotion to vice president, Dietary Supplement Verification Program,” said John T. Fowler, USP’s chief operating officer. “We are thrilled that he has accepted this appointment on a permanent basis.”

Dr. Srinivasan is responsible for overseeing the implementation of DSVP, which was created to help inform and safeguard the growing number of consumers who use dietary supplements. The program responds to the need to assure the public that dietary supplement products contain the ingredients stated on the product label.

The DSVP program helps assure that dietary supplements:

  • Contains the declared ingredients on the product label
  • Contains the amount or strength of ingredients declared on the product label
  • Meets requirements for limits on potential contaminants
  • Has been manufactured properly by complying with USP and proposed FDA standards for “good manufacturing practices” (GMPs).

Dr. Srinivasan joined USP in 1986 as a scientist. He has over 15 years of experience with USP’s dietary supplement initiatives, including establishing United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary (USP-NF) monographs for vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and botanicals. Prior to joining USP, Dr. Srinivasan held the position of divisional manager of research and development, quality control and quality assurance at Glaxo India in Mumbai, India.

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