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Monthly Archives: May 2019


BSCG Introduces Groundbreaking Third-Party Certification for Hemp Products

May 31, 2019

First BSCG Certified Hemp™ Product Is Announced: fourfiveCBD 0% THC


(LOS ANGELES – May 29, 2019) – BSCG (Banned Substances Control Group), a leading third-party certification and testing provider of dietary supplements and natural products, introduces the first broad-spectrum international third-party hemp certification program to include protection against drugs banned in sport, BSCG Certified Hemp™. The benefits of this program are now available to athletes and consumers with the announcement of its first certified product, fourfiveCBD 0% THC.

“We’re delighted to find ourselves in the position of helping reputable companies and concerned consumers navigate this growing and dynamic space,” said Oliver Catlin, co-founder and President of BSCG. “With the popularity of hemp products, commonly referred to as cannabidiol (CBD) products, expanding rapidly, we felt as a third-party certification provider we could use our experience to bolster quality control and transparency in this burgeoning industry.”

BSCG’s new hemp Certified Hemp program builds on the third-party provider’s sterling 15-year history of testing and certification of dietary supplements and related products, its principals’ renown in sports doping control testing, and its ongoing thought leadership and innovation in the field of product testing and certification.

Catlin said, “Our new program aims to address a range of consumer concerns relating to hemp and CBD products including whether athletes or other consumers could test positive in a drug test for using a hemp product, whether the products test below a 0.3% THC limit and meet claims for CBD content, and whether banned substances in sport or other drugs or synthetic cannabinoids may be present. We also examine whether these products have been manufactured according to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and are free of contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, and solvents.”

Another benefit of BSCG Certified Hemp™ is that it establishes a pathway for differentiating hemp extract from CBD, which has been officially approved as a drug in the form of Epidiolex in the U.S. and is being considered for approval in a number of other countries. Because it has been approved as a pharmaceutical drug, CBD isolate, as it’s called, can’t be used as a supplement ingredient or finished product.

BSCG’s unique approach differentiates hemp extract supplements from cannabis-derived drugs by establishing specifications for hemp extract ingredients to be <90% CBD, <0.3% THC, and >0.1% other cannabinoids. This approach offers a solid pathway for international authorities like the FDA to consider when regulating hemp extract ingredients and products.

fourfiveCBD 0% THC becomes the first product to meet requirements of the BSCG Certified Hemp™ program. “We’re pleased that fourfiveCDB 0% THC, a professional athlete-driven product developed for other professional athletes, happens to be our first official BSCG Certified Hemp™ product,” Catlin said. “Smart athletes who want to protect their health, their names, and their sports are always better off choosing supplements and other products that have been rigorously tested by a top third-party certification provider like BSCG.”

“fourfiveCBD is delighted to be the world’s first CBD product to be approved by BSCG. As a BSCG Certified Hemp™ product, fourfiveCBD’s 0% of THC ensures that professional athletes can now take CBD with total peace of mind that our product is free from cross contamination of banned substances, synthetic chemicals and problematic ingredients,” said Dominic Day, co-founder and director, fourfiveCBD.

BSCG’s other testing and certification programs include BSCG Certified Drug Free®, BSCG Certified Quality™, and BSCG Certified GMP™. BSCG also offers an Athlete Assurance Program, which provides customized supplement testing for athletes, teams, and leagues, and is the only provider to offer expanded testing for animal supplements.

BSCG applies the Olympic standard of drug testing to quality control of dietary supplements and natural products. Founded in 2004 by renowned sports anti-doping scientist Don H. Catlin, M.D., executive Oliver Catlin, and attorney Ryan Connolly, BSCG helps shield consumers from banned substance contamination or other quality concerns that may tarnish supplements and related products and allows reputable companies to demonstrate the quality of their products.

For more about BSCG and hemp product certification, visit its Certified Hemp page, call 1-800-920-6605, e-mail info@bscg.org, or visit www.bscg.org. Join BSCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



May 14, 2019

BSCG - Dietary Supplement Advisory List

(LOS ANGELES – May 13, 2019) — In April, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration took a laudable step calling out dietary supplement ingredients that do not appear lawful in its new FDA Dietary Supplement Ingredient Advisory List. BSCG (Banned Substances Control Group), a proud leader in third-party certification and testing for the dietary supplement and natural product industry for more than 15 years, has been compiling its own Dietary Supplement Ingredient Advisory List and is now making it available publicly to help address questionable dietary supplement ingredients.

The BSCG list, which currently includes 70 compounds but continues to grow in number, is now featured on the BSCG website. As a policy, BSCG does not allow any of the ingredients included on this list to be contained in the products that it certifies.

“We appreciated the FDA’s recent move to name some problematic ingredients,” said Oliver Catlin, BSCG President, “and we wanted to support and expand upon the FDA effort and provide a resource for stakeholders including consumers, nutrition experts, anti-doping agencies, and responsible members of the nutrition industry to use when considering dietary supplement ingredients.”

Questionable ingredients that do not appear lawful are a major problem for responsible members of the supplement industry. To those who consume them, products that contain these ingredients can bring adverse side effects and create health and safety problems or lead to positive drug tests. Fortunately, the supplement and nutrition companies that peddle such ingredients represent a small fraction of the industry.

These pharmaceutical or synthetically derived ingredients, however, compete with legitimate dietary supplements, affecting the market and consumer demand. Since these ingredients are often labeled as dietary supplements, the consumer may simply be unaware that what they are taking is actually a drug or a substance that otherwise does not fit the legal definition of a dietary supplement.

Athletes and other drug-tested professionals should take note of this list as the majority of substances included are prohibited in sport and other performance-enhancing drug-testing programs. Those that are not explicitly banned may be interpreted as prohibited based on the catchall language included in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and common to most prohibited substance lists in use today.

“Allowing pharmaceutical ingredients to be sold as dietary supplements is unacceptable as it damages the legitimate dietary supplement industry and puts consumers and athletes at risk,” Catlin said. “We hope that our list can serve as the foundation of a larger collective effort to combat questionable ingredients.”

The BSCG Dietary Supplement Ingredient Advisory List is now available on the BSCG website. The list is open for public comment, participation and support. Please contact BSCG to join the effort to combat questionable dietary supplement ingredients by adding your name or organization’s name as a supporter. The opinions and information summarized in the list should not be construed as legal, regulatory, business, or compliance advice.

BSCG would also like to acknowledge its colleagues in the industry who do their part to provide resources to protect athletes, military officers, or consumers from questionable dietary supplements including National Institutes of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements (NIH-ODSS), U.S. Anti-Doping Agency – (USADA), Uniformed Services University – Operation Supplement Safety (OPSS), Canadian Sport Institute, Drug Free Sport, Informed Sport/Choice, NSF Certified for Sport, NZVT- Netherlands, Australian Sport Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), HASTA, Cologne List, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), and others.

BSCG (Banned Substances Control Group) applies the Olympic standard of drug testing to quality control of dietary supplements and natural products. Founded in 2004 by renowned sports anti-doping scientist Don H. Catlin, M.D., son Oliver Catlin, and attorney Ryan Connolly, BSCG helps shield consumers from banned substance contamination or other quality concerns that may tarnish dietary supplements. BSCG offers a complete suite of testing and certification programs that protect against drugs or other harmful agents and provides security to brands and their consumers.

For more about BSCG and its certification and testing programs, call 1-800-920-6605 or e-mail info@bscg.org, visit its website at www.bscg.org and download its free brochure. Join BSCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


BSCG Designates Golden Shilajit as BSCG Certified Quality ™

May 10, 2019

BSCG is pleased to welcome Golden Shilajit to its rigorous BSCG Certified Quality™ program.

BSCG Certified Quality™ focuses on ingredient identity, label claim verification, and contaminant testing in dietary supplements and natural products. To ensure that what is listed on a supplement label is what is in the product, a company must infuse quality at every step of the process, from raw materials, to manufacturing, and ultimately to the finished product.

Shilajit is a natural herbal extract that exists in solid or paste form and contains more than 80 minerals, including Fulvic acid, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and Selenium. Gold Shilajit has the highest quality of the four types of Shilajit. (The others include Iron Shilajit, Zinc Shilajit, and Copper Shilajit.) Golden Shilajit aims to help consumers stay fit longer, ease stress and anxiety, improve sleep and relaxation, and improve stamina. The company sources the raw material of authentic Shilajit from the Himalayas and Karakoram mountains in Gilgit-Baltistan area in Pakistan.

For more information about this product, visit the Golden Shilajit website. Emails can be sent to info@GoldenShilajit.com.



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