BSCG Newsletter - January 2021

Jan 29, 2021

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Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed your holidays and your 2021 is off to a healthy and productive start.

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act Signed Into Law


In late December, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act was signed into law at the federal level. The measure, which will take effect in July 2022, aims to help protect horses and make horseracing drug free. A board reporting to the Federal Trade Commission will establish the rules and the United States Anti-Doping Agency has been tasked with enforcing the new regulations.

BSCG has long been an active advocate of greater oversight and better practices towards the aim of building a foundation of clean sport for the racing industry and creating an environment in which horseracing can once again thrive. Among other things, Dr. Don H. Catlin, BSCG’s chief science officer, spoke in Albany, New York, over a decade ago about the need to curb the use of anabolic steroids in thoroughbred racing. A couple years later, with support from the Jockey Club Equine Drug Research Institute and using techniques developed for humans, his team developed a new drug test for the powerful blood-boosting drug CERA in equines.

In 2009, both Dr. Catlin and Oliver Catlin worked with the industry’s Racing, Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC) Drug Testing Initiatives Committee to help create the structure and concept of drug testing laboratory accreditation for the thoroughbred racing industry. This effort helped to establish quality standards for testing laboratories and improve the equine drug-testing infrastructure in the U.S.

Today, BSCG proudly offers its BSCG Certified Drug Free program for equines, canines and other competitive animals. BSCG is the only third-party certification provider to offer a testing menu focused on substances prohibited by animal anti-doping regulations. The BSCG Certified Drug Free for Animal Supplements program includes testing finished product lots of supplements or other health and wellness products for more than 1,300 drugs currently prohibited in animal sport.

BSCG Awarded Nutraceutical & Supplement Testing & Certification Organization of the Year by Global Health & Pharma


BSCG has been named the Nutraceutical & Supplement Testing & Certification Organization of the Year by Global Health & Pharma.

Based in the United Kingdom, GHP produces publications that reach 260,000 readers in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors worldwide. GHP believes that “when it comes to handing out recognition and awards, there are few in the world more deserving than those whose tireless work and dedication change the lives of millions of people each and every day.”

BSCG President Oliver Catlin said, “We are honored by this industry award and will strive to continue to earn it and build on our work over the past year.”

A piece about BSCG that contains an interview with Oliver Catlin can be found in this GHP fitness and nutrition awards publication, on page 28.

BSCG’s Programs Continue to be the Gold Standard

BSCG is on top of new quality and testing standards for supplement products from major retailers such as Amazon. Please contact us for information about these developments and how our program offerings can help. The BSCG Certified Quality program is an excellent option for companies looking to verify the quality of products for retailers and marketing purposes. All of our programs begin with a GMP quality control manufacturing and compliance review or we can always assist with special needs in these areas as needed. You can reach out to your BSCG representative, email or call 1-800-920-6605 to discuss the options.

Here’s a brief overview of BSCG’s programs:

BSCG Certified Drug Free applies the world’s premium testing menu, which covers not only banned substances on the WADA Prohibited List but also other prescription, over-the-counter, or illicit drugs that may adulterate products or be harmful to health.

BSCG Certified CBD is an all-in-one program customized for CBD products that includes testing for label contents, environmental contaminants, and banned substances, with a daily dose limit on THC to protect competitors or other drug-tested professionals from testing positive.

BSCG Certified Quality verifies through rigorous testing that quality specifications for a product, ingredient, or facility are met, and focuses on ingredient identity, label claim verification, and contaminant testing.

BSCG Certified GMP offers a unique and detailed approach to Good Manufacturing Practices compliance that goes beyond the usual checklist.

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