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The USP–NF is a combination of two compendia, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and the National Formulary (NF). It contains standards for medicines, dosage forms, drug substances, excipients, biologics, compounded preparations, medical devices, dietary supplements, and other therapeutics. The current version of USP–NF standards deemed official by USP are enforceable by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for medicines manufactured and marketed in the United States. The current version, USP–NF 2022, Issue 1, will become official on May 1, 2022

An ISO certified Spanish translation (certified to ISO 17100:2015) of USP–NF compendial content is available as the Spanish USP–NF Online.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the transition from print/USB flash drive formats to the online format

Subscriber Resources


  • More than 4,900 monographs with specifications for identity, strength, quality, purity, packaging, and labeling for substances and dosage forms. View a sample USP–NF monograph.
  • More than 350 general chapters providing clear, step-by-step guidance for assays, tests, and procedures
  • Helpful sections on reagents, indicators, and solutions, plus reference tables
  • Includes new General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings

Available Formats


The USP–NF Online is the only source for all official USP–NF content. This online platform provides access to all updates posted within the 12 months after your subscription start date. This includes Accelerated Revisions (e.g., Revision Bulletins and Errata) that are posted at the end of each month. Online features include enhanced search capabilities, ability to set alerts and bookmark pages, and a history tab to quickly access all available versions of a document. Content is updated monthly making USP–NF Online a one-stop shop for all content. A 12-month subscription to the USP–NF Online can be purchased based on the number of end-users at your organization. (View online technical support.) 

To see a list of benefits of the USP–NF Online, see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  
The Spanish USP–NF Online is also available to purchase at the USP Store. Click here for more information on the benefits of the Spanish USP–NF Online

See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the USP–NF Online.

Mobile Application

The USP-NF Mobile 1-Year Subscription provides mobile access to a simplified version of the USP-NF Online. The application is available for Apple and Android devices. Each subscription allows users to install and activate the application on up to two devices. Users will only have access to "currently official" and "not yet official" content. USP updates content monthly, and end-users will be prompted to download updates regularly. Users must be connected to the internet to get these updates.

The USP-NF Mobile Application is available to purchase at the USP Store.

Benefits & Applications

The USP–NF offers convenient, comprehensive information for all phases of producing quality prescription, nonprescription, and compounded medicines; excipients; biologics; medical devices; and dietary supplements. It is essential for quality control, quality assurance, regulatory/compendial affairs, research and development, method development/analytical services, and corporate management. USP–NF monographs and methods can help to

  • Ensure compliance with required U.S. quality standards
  • Work to world-recognized standards of precision and accuracy
  • Validate test results against proven benchmarks
  • Establish and validate in-house standard operating procedures, and specifications
  • Expedite new product development and approvals

A Valuable Reference for

Scientists, professionals, and students working in or with

  • Pharmaceuticals—prescription and nonprescription drugs
  • Biological and biotechnology products
  • Blood and blood products
  • Compounded preparations
  • Cosmetics
  • Dietary supplements
  • Excipients/other drug ingredients
  • Medical devices
  • Medical gases
  • Medical libraries
  • Pharmacies
  • Schools of medicine and pharmacy
  • Veterinary drugs