Transparency in Third Party Certification for Banned Substances in SportMay 31, 2018
BSCG – Committed to transparency in third party certification for banned substances in sport
At BSCG, we believe transparency in third party certification for banned substances in sport is crucial. Not only does transparency allow an understanding of the underlying protection offered, it fosters trust in the testing process.
To be transparent, a certification provider should clearly describe the fundamental aspects of certification; the drugs included in the testing menu, detection or reporting levels or other thresholds used; and a list of batch numbers that have been certified. BSCG’s commitment to transparency and open communication, along with our independence and scientific expertise in the field of sports doping control, set us apart from our competitors.
BSCG has set the highest standard with respect to transparency in third-party certification for banned substances in sport. Look for clarity from us on all of our program elements at every step.
The BSCG Certified Drug Free® testing menu is clearly defined on our website. BSCG is currently the only leading third-party certification provider to have a page on its site that provides the details on its testing menu. The BSCG Certified Drug Free® industry leading testing menu protects against more than 274 drugs banned in sport and an additional 211 prescription, over-the-counter, or illicit drugs not banned in sport– which no other provider covers.
Detection and Reporting Levels Used
BSCG offers a clear explanation of the detection and reporting levels used to certify products. If we find a compound banned in sport, we report it and do not certify the product (except in rare instances as when a compound may be naturally present at insignificant trace levels in an ingredient). BSCG does not believe in, nor do we employ, maximum allowable level per serving thresholds for any of the performance-enhancing drugs in our testing menu. BSCG detection levels are in the 10-100 parts per billion (ppb) range for most compounds in most products, with a few drugs in the 100-500 ppb range; detection levels can vary by matrix and may be lower or higher in some products.
Listing of Certified Batches
BSCG provides each individual finished product batch number that has been certified on our online database and certified product page listings. Most of our clients certify every finished batch, although we also offer a monthly testing option. We believe in clarity when it comes to the scope and scale of what has been tested. We do not have any hidden testing schemes or fine print to worry about, and we do not use general undefined terms in our database listings.
Thankfully, the nutrition industry as a whole is moving toward greater transparency, a development we have long advocated. BSCG is proud to be leading the charge in our corner of the industry for full disclosure of fundamental elements of third-party certification for banned substances in sport. We are honest and open with what we certify and how we do it. Trust, we believe, demands transparency.