Olympic Drug-testing Experience
Bringing the Olympic Drug-testing Standard to Supplement Certification
Banned Substances Control Group (BSCG) brings the Olympic drug testing standard to dietary supplement and sports nutrition certification. Our science-first approach is driven by an unparalleled 30 years of history dealing with Olympic drug testing in sport, dietary supplements, and associated toxicology concerns. The advanced techniques we developed to test athletes for traces of prohibited drugs on the World Anti Doping Agency Prohibited List were carefully re-engineered to ensure dietary supplements used in sports nutrition are free of drugs and contaminants.
Three Decades of Olympic Drug-testing Experience
In 1982, Don Catlin, M.D., built the first Olympic drug testing laboratory in the United States and the third laboratory of its kind in the world. At the time, Olympic drug testing laboratories were governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) had yet to be formed.
Dr. Catlin served as the longest tenured member of the IOC Medical Commission in its history. During his tenure, the Commission and other sports drug-testing authorities wanted to pursue a worldwide independent approach to anti-doping. Dr. Catlin and other Olympic drug testing leaders worked together to formulate the concept of WADA, which was founded in 1999.
After the development of WADA, Dr. Catlin went on to assist in the development of laboratory standards and pushed for WADA to adopt the principles of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 for accreditation requirements. Dr. Catlin’s UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory was one of the first labs to earn WADA accreditation.
Dr. Catlin also has long been a leading figure in sports doping control in the United States. When drug testing was in its infancy he worked to establish a leadership committee to help oversee the nascent drug testing program at the U.S. Olympic Committee and was instrumental in dealing with a number of early challenges. Several decades later he helped lead the effort to create an independent drug-testing agency resulting in the formation on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2000.
In professional and collegiate sport, Catlin and colleagues helped develop and create world-class drug testing programs for the NFL, MLB, NCAA, and others. His laboratory also served the U.S. military drug-testing needs.