Rockville, Md., July 7, 2009 A first-of-its kind collection of standards designed to assist dietary supplements manufacturers in providing quality products to consumers is being released today by the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention. The USP Dietary Supplements Compendium (DSC) will also help manufacturers in complying with Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-issued current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs). Under these practices, manufacturers are responsible for the quality of the ingredients they use in manufacturing their finished dietary supplements.
The DSC is a comprehensive resource containing quality specifications for dietary supplements and their ingredients. These quality specifications include standards for identity, strength, purity and performance characteristics (e.g., dissolution, disintegration) of more than 500 dietary supplements and ingredients. In addition to these standards, the DSC includes general and regulatory information, guidance documents, appendices, and macro/microscopy, thin layer chromatography (TLC) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) full-color images that greatly simplify the analysis of ingredients of botanical originmaking it a central repository of necessary information for dietary supplements manufacturers.
"With the release of this new Dietary Supplements Compendium, USP is seeking to partner with ingredient suppliers, dietary supplements manufacturers, contract laboratories, regulatory bodies and independent consultants to raise the quality of supplements and to fulfill the need for public standards in the dietary supplement community," said James Griffiths, Ph.D., vice president of food, dietary supplement and excipient standards for USP. "With the current cGMPs from FDA stipulating that dietary supplements manufacturers determine the quality of ingredients they buy from suppliers by setting their own specifications, the DSC can significantly assist manufacturers by providing gui
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