Pharmaceutical Societies

USP: United States Pharmacopoeia: provides a framework on test methods, specifications and general information for pharmaceutical products.

BP: British Pharmacopoeia: provides a standard for UK pharmaceutical research. 

EP: European Pharmacopoeia: provides a standard for European pharmaceutical research.

JP: Japanese Pharmacopoeia: provides a standard for Japanese pharmaceutical research. 


EPA: Environmental Protection Agency

AAMI: Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation

ANSI: American National Standards Institute

ISO: International Standards Organization

Tests and Practices

USP 71: sterility test typically used for pharmaceutical products or anything that can be injected into the body. 

USP Purified Water: passes the USP monograph test for purified water. 

Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP): FDA’s regulations on the matienance of manufacturing processes and facilities.

Master Batch Record: description of the pharmaceutical manufacturing process.

OTC Drug Monograph Process:  evaluates the safety anf effectiveness of OTC drug products marketed in the United States.