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Session Ten: United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Quality Standards for Dietary Supplements

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)

JULY 17, 2014 United States Pharmacopeia

Webinar Overview

Dietary supplements are regulated as a category of foods which do not require pre-market regulatory review and approval. The food regulations consider foods safe, with the burden of proof on the regulators to show the absence of safety. Further, an approved list of dietary ingredients is not available from FDA. Given the regulatory environment, United States Pharmacopeia (USP) adopted an admission evaluation process to identify suitable dietary supplement ingredients for USP standards development from among those supplements legally marketed in the United States. This webinar will present the pharmacopeial perspectives on the quality and safety of dietary supplements. Specifically, the webinar will cover USP admission evaluation process, the public quality standards from USP, and tools to detect adulteration of dietary supplements. 

Webinar Speaker

 Nandakumara D Sarma, RPh, PhD

Director, Dietary Supplements
United States Pharmacopeia

Dr. Nandakumara (Nandu) Sarma is the Director for the Dietary Supplements program at US Pharmacopeia (USP) responsible for the development of quality standards (monographs and general chapters) for dietary supplements, admission evaluations, performance standards, and the publication of the USP Dietary Supplements Compendium ( Before joining USP 2006, he was a post-doctoral fellow at National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, and Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and was a Senior Scientific Officer at The Himalaya Drug Company, India. His research experience in the field of dietary supplements includes isolation and analysis of active components of plant materials and their biologic activity. Dr. Sarma holds a Pharmacist degree and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences (pharmacognosy) from Banaras Hindu University, India.


Jennifer Trask, PharmD, ND
IMPriME Center Director
American College of Preventive Medicine

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the dietary supplement regulations with regard to quality and safety expectations,
  • Discuss the pharmacopeial perspectives on the quality and safety of dietary supplements,
  • Describe the challenge and tools to address adulteration of dietary supplements.

Accreditation Statement

The American College of Preventive Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the ACCME.

Term of Approval

July 17, 2014, through September 30, 2016. Original release date: July 17, 2014


ACPM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ACPM designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 Category 1 credits toward the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician's Recognition Award (PRA)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


CME/MOC Credit Requests

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  1. View/Listen to the webinar.
  2. If requesting MOC credit, complete the quiz by clicking here. If requesting only CME credit, skip to step three.
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If paying for CME credits, the same number of MOC credits will be provided gratis.


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Once you have completed all of the steps, your CME certificate will be e-mailed to you. Please allow one to two weeks for processing. Your MOC credits will be reported directly to the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Please allow 4-6 weeks for these to appear on the ABPM website.


Principal Faculty and Disclosure Policy

In the interest of providing an educational experience free of commercial bias, and as the accredited provider of CME for this activity, the American College of Preventive Medicine was responsible for decisions regarding educational content and allocation of funds. All individuals involved in the planning, development, and delivery of educational activities are required to sign a conflict of interest statement in which they disclose any financial interests or other affiliations with industry or other associations which may have direct and substantial interest in the subject matter of the CME activity. Such disclosure allows program participants to better evaluate the objectivity of the information presented in the program. All commercial relationships that could create a conflict with control of content must be resolved before the development of the activity.



  • Dr. Sarma has disclosed no financial relationships.



  • IMPriME Center Director Jennifer Trask has disclosed no financial relationships.


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Acknowledgement of Support

The American College of Preventive Medicine acknowledges the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for its generous support of the Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine Education Project. For more information about the project please see

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Contact Information


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