Compendium, compendia, compendial: Clearing up the mystery of these terms

In conversations about the role of quality standards in public health, you might come across the words “compendia” and “compendial.” At USP, terms like “compendial approaches,” “compendial standards,” and “compendial tools” are part of our everyday vocabulary. But their meaning can be a bit of a mystery to people who work outside of the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory bodies.


USP Reference Standards: 5 Tools You Should Know About

Resources for USP Reference Standards Users

Discover convenient tools and helpful tips related to using USP Reference Standards in your work. USP Reference Standards are intended for quality control use in conducting assays and tests in USP’s documentary standards for drugs, dietary supplements, and foods. 


USP Q&A: Standards for Plastic Packaging Systems for Drug Products

USP standards for plastic packaging systems for drugs

Plastic packaging systems play an important role in protecting the drugs we use. However, a drug’s packaging must be compatible with the product and not compromise its stability, efficacy or safety. USP’s Desmond Hunt, Ph.D., provides insight into plastic packaging systems for drugs and how USP standards can support quality in this field.