In 2004, BSCG (Banned Substances Control Group) helped found a new industry focused on third-party drug testing and dietary supplement certification for banned substances in sport. Today, we not only test and certify supplements for athletes but also for consumers as well as equines and canines, and the products now include natural products, food and nutrition products, cosmetics and creams, and related medical devices.
Our initial dietary supplement certification program focused on the protection of elite athletes and professionals by targeting banned substances in sport, which remains a key focus. We realized, however, that human athletes are not the only individuals who face risks from dietary supplement contamination. Indeed, according to one study, approximately 75% of supplement contamination issues come from drugs not banned in sport, leaving the general consumer at risk. Equines and canines face similar challenges as humans with concerns over feed contamination, compounded veterinary drugs and a burgeoning group of veterinary supplements.
BSCG responded by broadening its drug-testing menu for dietary supplements to focus on drugs of concern to consumers at large as well as equines and canines. Our testing menu now includes more than 500 drugs; 289 substances banned in sport and 211 additional prescription, over-the-counter and illicit drugs not banned in sport. Our equine and canine screen adds drugs banned by the Federation Equine International (FEI) and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA). We offer the maximum protection for banned substances in sport with our menu covering compounds that were responsible for more than 96% of positive drug tests that have occurred in World Anti-Doping Agency doping control over the last decade. We not only have the most finely tuned coverage for drugs in sport but are the first certification program to cover drugs beyond those banned in sport, easily making the BSCG Certified Drug Free® program the most comprehensive in the industry.
More recently, BSCG has been called on to offer its analytical testing on related products, including natural products, food and nutrition products, as well as topical creams. Each of these products, often manufactured and distributed in a number of countries around the world, undergoes similar rigorous and comprehensive lab testing by BSCG.
BSCG also offers a full suite of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) testing services including analysis for heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, microbiological agents, nutritional label claims and ingredient verification. Our BSCG Certified Quality™ program is available to verify ingredient identity, label claims, and test for contaminants. The BSCG Certified GMP™ program provides onsite audits for GMP compliance.
Certification is available to companies, manufacturing facilities and ingredient suppliers as well as sporting groups, leagues, teams and athletes. BSCG is respected by reputable brands and trusted by top athletes, trainers, sport governing bodies, teams, and consumers to ensure products are free of drugs and other contaminants that can lead to health issues or positive drug tests.
Note: BSCG maintains an official conflict of interest policy for those who manage and control the company. Learn more here.
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