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USP Inaugurates Expanded Shanghai Facility to Enhance Availability of Quality Standards for Medicines, Herbal Medicines/Dietary Supplements and Food Ingredients
Date:1/11/2014

Shanghai (PRWEB) January 11, 2014

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), a nonprofit global health organization that creates and promotes quality standards for medicines, herbal medicines/dietary supplements and food ingredients, today marked the official inauguration of its expanded state-of-the-art laboratory and administrative facility in Shanghai, China.

“This is a tangible demonstration of the importance and value that USP and our counterparts in China place on assuring the quality of medicines, herbal medicines/dietary supplements and foods in China, the US and in all countries around the world,” said Roger L. Williams, M.D., chief executive officer of USP. Williams celebrated the official opening of the new Shanghai site with a delegation of USP volunteers and leadership staff, along with representatives from China, the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) and other local and international dignitaries. Volunteer representation came from USP’s Board of Trustees and standards-setting body, the Council of Experts.

Williams noted the inauguration marks the beginning of a week-long series of symposia, workshops and training programs in Shanghai, along with meetings concerning Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), advisory groups and expert committees. This series of meetings will highlight issues such as global quality standards for medicines; rapid testing technology to detect counterfeit and substandard medicines and foods; food standards, food testing and issues related to food adulteration and contamination; and other presentations regarding food and drug quality standards.

These forums and educational programs feature presentations from experts drawn from different parts of the world, focusing on cooperative efforts involving USP, the Chinese Pharmacopoeial Commission (ChP), China’s National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) and the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Asses
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