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To our clients, colleagues and friends,

We reach out to you today in unprecedented times as we all struggle with the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed our lives have been affected in ways we could have never imagined months ago. It is hard not to worry about something or someone on a daily basis. Yet the difficult realities we face also come with some positives. The collective pause we are subjected to has allowed us to take a step back and focus on what is really important and valuable in the world. Hopefully, a bit of a silver lining for us all.

At BSCG we are grateful for your trust and for the opportunity to provide third-party certification and testing to the nutrition industry that makes so many exciting products to support the health and well-being of athletes and consumers. We are proud to be a global leader thanks to all of our valued clients, the downstream consumers who rely on our work for protection and assurance, and all the groups that acknowledge our efforts.

BSCG is committed to serving your certification and testing needs even in this difficult environment. Fortunately, our lab partners continue to operate as essential services while taking significant steps to mitigate any risks of COVID-19 to employees and operations. We ask that you bear with us in the event of any unforeseen impacts on our services.

We are excited to continue to help premium quality brands stand out from the crowd and do our part to educate consumers about nutritional supplements. Today we are pleased to share our first newsletter with highlights of several exciting acknowledgments, a summary of our certification program options in the context of current events, and some recent content contributions to the nutrition media. If you don’t already, please follow @BSCGCertified on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn about these and other developments in real time.

UFC Recognizes BSCG

The UFC has officially included BSCG on its list of approved supplement third-party certification providers for its athletes in the UFC Prohibited List

For many years, BSCG has advocated for sporting groups to acknowledge the importance of third-party certification and testing programs like BSCG’s. Such programs can help athletes navigate the supplement marketplace and protect them as well as supplement manufacturers, distributors, and ingredient suppliers from the risks of products being contaminated with banned substances. We appreciate the efforts of Jeff Novitzky and his team at the UFC for doing their due diligence and recognizing BSCG as one of the world’s most trusted banned substance certification providers.

Third-Party Certification and Testing Protects Reputable Companies

In late January, a massive recall of dietary supplements was announced in the United States. More than 800 brands of supplements from contract manufacturer ABH Nature’s Products, ABH Pharma, and Stocknutra.com were recalled due to GMP compliance violations.

A lackluster approach to GMP compliance can lead to the demise of an entire brand. Brand owners and managers are responsible for ensuring compliance as much as manufacturers. BSCG advises supplement companies to take GMP compliance seriously and consider using a third-party provider like BSCG to audit manufacturing or holding facilities as well as internal brand owner compliance. The BSCG Certified GMP program is available to those that wish to represent compliance to clients or consumers.

In addition to BSCG Certified GMP, BSCG offers a full suite of certification programs. All programs include initial ingredient, label, and GMP compliance assessment. BSCG Certified Drug Free offers industry leading screening for banned substances in sport and other OTC, illicit, or prescription drugs. BSCG Certified Quality conducts testing for label contents and environmental contaminants. BSCG Certified CBD is an all-in-one certification program customized for the CBD product industry which includes testing for label contents, environmental contaminants, and banned substances with a daily ingestion limit on THC to protect against positive drug tests. Please contact us for more information at info@bscg.org .

BSCG Receives Official Recognition in Japan Ahead of Tokyo Summer Olympics

BSCG has been qualified as an official service provider in Japan by SNDJ (Sports Nutrition and Dietitians Japan) . In the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games—now scheduled for 2021—BSCG Certified Drug Free products labeled for sale in Japan will be included in the official SNDJ list of products that have been reviewed for quality control and banned substances for the protection of Japanese athletes.

With the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics being postponed for a year due to the concerns over COVID-19, we feel for the entire Olympic family. The delay will likely cause a host of difficulties for the athletes and organizers and fans around the world who come together in harmony to enjoy the spectacle that only the Olympics can provide.

We are humbled and honored to have been designated as an official third-party supplement certification provider in Japan. We appreciate the efforts of SNDJ and its team of experts to evaluate our industry and provide resources to help ensure the safety, quality, and transparency of sports nutrition products. It is exciting to play a role in supporting the sports nutrition industry and athletes in Japan in advance of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Check out our growing list of certified brands in Japan; LifeVantage, Haleo, Bulk, True Standard, Bourbon Corporation, and Corso Life. Contact us today to add your brand to the list.

Content Contributions to Natural Product Insider on a
Variety of Topics

We have always worked hard at BSCG to share important information with our community through our website and blogs. We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to share our thoughts with the larger nutrition community through contributions to Natural Products Insider and the variety of specialized publications it manages. Check out the Natural Products Insider author page for a summary of our articles. Highlights include:

  • WADA Prohibited List Modifications and Impacts on Sports Nutrition
  • Third-party Certification Programs Deliver on Consumer Demand for Transparency
  • Common Natural Anabolics Used in Sports
  • Supplements May be Banned Substances
  • CBD in Sport Drug Testing
  • Banned Substances in Sport are not Always Clearly Defined

As always, we welcome any comments, questions or feedback. Thank you again for your support of our work and for doing your part to help make supplements and related products safer for consumers, military officers, first responders, and competitive athletes.

Stay well out there and let us know if there is some way we can be of assistance to you during this period. Remember, we will make it through this together.

Oliver Catlin, BSCG President


April 14, 2020 – The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) recognizes this is a difficult time for us all given the worldwide uncertainty surrounding Covid-19. However, we believe in supporting clean sport to the best of our ability and in keeping boxing and MMA free of performance-enhancing drugs. During this time of bout postponement and cancellations we need to do as much as we can to protect fighter safety and enhance education.

In that aim, VADA is joining forces with BSCG (Banned Substances Control Group), an international leader in supplement certification and testing, to offer nutritional supplement analysis for performance-enhancing substances directly to VADA-enrolled fighters. Third-party supplement certification and testing is essential for athletes who want to ensure products are not tainted with drugs banned in sport. This service is usually available only to nutrition companies and brands. The BSCG Athlete Assurance Program offers the same protection directly to athletes.

“BSCG welcomes the chance to help VADA fighters protect themselves against the possibility that performance-enhancing drugs could be hiding in their supplements,” says BSCG President Oliver Catlin. “BSCG will conduct customized testing of nutritional supplements through our Athlete Assurance Program, which provides the same world-class protection that our Certified Drug Free program offers to the nutrition industry.”

BSCG Certified Drug Free is the gold standard when it comes third-party certification and testing for banned substances. The testing menu covers more than 497 drugs including drugs on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List as well as illicit, prescription and over-the-counter drugs not banned in sport that no other program covers. BSCG’s Athlete Assurance Program applies this same industry-leading protection on an individual level.

VADA is a 501c3 non-profit offering drug testing services to the fight sport community. Supplement testing will be paid for by VADA and will be available to VADA-enrolled fighters on a limited basis. Athletes need to apply directly by e-mail to info@VADA-testing.org and we will respond with administrative paperwork and instructions on how to ship samples to BSCG for testing.

BSCG was established in 2004 by renowned sports anti-doping pioneer Dr. Don Catlin and his son Oliver Catlin. Among other acknowledgements, BSCG is listed as an official certification provider by Sports Nutrition and Dietitians Japan (SNDJ), a primary resource for Japanese athletes in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics.

While VADA-enrolled athletes continue to be eligible for testing, we are following the advice of local and international healthcare professionals in all of our considerations. We will take every precaution possible to ensure VADA testing will focus first on protecting our athletes and doping control officers from Covid-19. Please stay safe and well and remember to be smart with the supplements you elect to use.

Contact: Info@VADA-testing.org, Info@BSCG.org

BSCG Certifies Runners Essentials Long Run Recovery Nutrition Shake in Two Flavors

BSCG (Banned Substances Control Group) is pleased to announce certification of two additional products from Without Limits Runners Essentials: Long Run Recovery Nutrition Shake, in flavors Hot Chocolate and Vanilla Birthday Cake. Previously, Runners Essentials has had its Daily Vitamin Formula BSCG Certified Drug Free.

“We are delighted to officially certify two nutrition shake products from Runners Essentials in our BSCG Certified Drug Free program,” said BSCG President Oliver Catlin. “Our rigorous program not only protects against drugs on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List but whole other categories of prescription, over-the-counter, and illicit drugs no other comparable program covers.”

Runners Essentials Long Run Recovery Nutritional Shakes are nutritional supplements formulated by physicians, elite athletes, and nutritionists. They each are a delicious, synergistic combination of protein, branch chain amino acids, carbohydrates, antioxidants, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals, and adaptogenic micronutrients.

Look for Without Limits™ Runners Essentials Long Run Recovery Shake Hot Chocolate and Long Run Recovery Shake Vanilla Birthday Cake products with the highly regarded BSCG Certified Drug Free seal and check out the BSCG database for more details about their certifications. For more information about the products, visit the Runners Essentials Vitamin website.



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