BSCG Expands Dietary Supplement Banned Substance And Prescription Grug Certification And Adds Two New Certification Programs

Apr 30, 2018


(Los Angeles, Feb. 2, 2017) – BSCG (Banned Substances Control Group), a pioneer in dietary supplement banned substance and prescription drug certification, has expanded the protection offered in its industry-leading BSCG Certified Drug Free® program and added two new certification programs, BSCG Certified Quality™ and BSCG Certified GMP™. Each of BSCG’s certification programs is available to any level of the natural product or supplement industries including finished product brands, ingredient suppliers, and manufacturing facilities.

The BSCG Certified Drug Free® testing menu continues to lead the supplement certification industry with coverage for 483 drugs, more than double its leading competitors. Of this total, 272 substances are banned in sport, and 211 are prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) or illicit drugs. BSCG’s testing menu covers more banned substances than any other program available, and BSCG is the only provider offering protection against a host of other problematic drugs, making it the clear choice for third-party certification and testing.

“We are pleased to take the supplement certification industry to the next level of consumer and athlete protection,” said Oliver Catlin, BSCG President. “Our core BSCG Certified Drug Free® program continues to offer the broadest protection available against banned substances in sport and remains the only program to offer protection against prescription, OTC, and illicit drugs not banned in sport. Our two new program options expand the focus of our gold standard certification services, all of which are offered to any level of the industry including brands, ingredient providers, and manufacturing facilities.”

In December 2014, BSCG became the first supplement certification provider to add protection against prescription, OTC, and illicit drugs not banned in sport. BSCG’s action came after an analysis of the FDA’s Tainted Supplements List revealed 76% of the hidden drugs the FDA finds in supplements are not banned in sport. BSCG remains the only certification provider testing for prescription, OTC, or illicit drugs not banned in sport, which include muscle relaxers, opioid painkillers, weight-loss agents, PDE-5 inhibitors like Viagra, and other potential drug contaminants.

The BSCG Certified Drug Free® program also offers optional add-on testing for animal supplements focusing on equine and canine prohibited substances including drugs banned by the Federation Equine International (FEI) and the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association (TOBA). BSCG is the only third-party group to tailor its banned substance certification to the protection of animal supplements.

The new BSCG Certified Quality™ program provides third-party confirmation of the quality, integrity, purity, and strength of ingredients or finished products independently, or a sampling of those used or produced in manufacturing facilities. BSCG conducts laboratory analysis to verify raw material or finished product quality control specifications and substantiate label claims. The program also includes testing for the presence of environmental contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, and microbiological agents.

The new BSCG Certified GMP™ program focuses on evaluating compliance with 21 C.F.R. 111 Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) by conducting onsite audits of manufacturing facilities, or in the case of finished products, evaluating the process involved in verifying product quality and integrity. GMP helps ensure that natural products and dietary supplements are produced consistently and according to established quality control guidelines.

For more about BSCG and its testing and certification programs, 1-800-920-6605 or e-mail, visit its website at and download its free brochure. Join Banned Substances Control Group on Facebook, @BSCGCertified on Twitter, and BSCGCertified on Instagram.

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