Importance of Third Party Certification
Acknowledgement of BSCG and Third-Party Certification
Third-party certification of dietary supplements and natural products is an important consideration for athletes and consumers who wish to protect themselves from quality control or banned substance concerns that may arise with use of such products. BSCG strives to be a leader in third-party certification and appreciates acknowledgement of our certification programs and our industry of third-party certification in general. BSCG is grateful to the following government institutes, sporting groups, anti-doping agencies, military organizations, nutrition resources and professionals for recognizing BSCG certification or third-party certification in general in dietary supplement resources, sport nutrition or anti-doping guidelines.
We apologize if we have missed your group or organization, please e-mail us with a link to your resources to be considered. If you would like assistance creating resources for your group or organization we are happy to help or you can explore our Supplement Information for Athletes, Teams and Leagues page for suggestions. Thank you for supporting BSCG and third-party certification!
Government, Sport, Anti-Doping, Military, and Nutrition Organizations:
National Institutes of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements – The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) was created by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 and established in 1995 within the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP).
“Dietary Supplements for Exercise and Athletic Performance Fact Sheet for Health Professionals”
“Dietary Supplements for Exercise and Athletic Performance Facts Sheet for Consumers”
United States Olympic Committee (USOC) – The sport dietitians at the U.S. Olympic Committee have put together a variety of education materials for athletes, coaches and parents to learn more about sport-specific diet, travel nutrition and eating guidelines as well as a range of performance-focused, easy to make and delicious recipes.
“USOC Sports Nutrition Dietary Supplement Factsheet”
Drug Free Sport – Drug Free Sport works as a third-party administrator of drug-testing programs with amateur and professional sports organizations – including the NFL, NCAA, Major League Baseball’s Minor League program, PGA, LPGA, NASCAR, NBA, and WNBA – as well as hundreds of universities, state high school associations and conferences.
“Drug Free Sport – AXIS – Supplement Safety Map”
“Drug Free Sport Insight – Your Third-Party Supplement Certification Questions – Answered”
“Drug Free Sport Axis – Dietary Supplement Safety” (requires login)
Operation Supplement Safety (OPSS) – In January 2012 the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs requested a Department of Defense (DoD) wide educational campaign on dietary supplements. In response, the DoD Dietary Supplement Subcommittee (DSSC), the U.S. Army Public Health Command, and the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) developed Operation Supplement Safety, or OPSS—to increase awareness within the DoD community about potential health risks and how to choose safe dietary supplements.
“Screen Your Supplement for Safety”
Sport Nutrition and Dietitian Japan (SNDJ) – On April 3, 2019 the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) Supplement Certification Framework Verification Expert Meeting released Guidelines on framework for product information disclosure of supplements in sports. SNDJ is responsible for reviewing the JADA guidelines and publishing a list of approved certification providers and products that meet the guidelines. BSCG Certified Drug Free is honored to be acknowledge as an official certification provider in Japan under the JADA guidelines.
“SNDJ Introduction to Anti-Doping Policy, WADA, and JADA Guidelines on Supplements”
“Supplement Selection and Precautions – Third-Party Certification Providers”
“SNDJ Official List of BSCG Certified Drug Free products in Japan”
Canadian Sport Institute – Calgary – The Canadian Sport Institute provides world-leading Olympic and Paralympic training environments to elite athletes and coaches across Alberta. With the support of our partners, our team of experts delivers sport science and medicine, coaching and life services to power podium performances and help Canada win more medals.
“Sport Supplement Policy and Operational Guide”
LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) – One of the longest-running women’s professional sports associations in the world. Founded in 1950, the organization has grown from its roots as a playing tour into a nonprofit organization involved in every facet of golf. The LPGA Tour and the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) comprise the backbone of what has become the premier women’s professional sports organization in the world today.
“Anti-Doping Information – Anti-Doping Player Guide”
CrossFit – CrossFit Sport highlights the feats of everyday athletes applying this general physical capacity to the demands of their individual lives and chosen sports, along with the CrossFit Games, the world’s premier test of broad and general fitness, and its qualifying events.
“2019 CrossFit Games Drug Testing Program”
USA Triathlon – Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States.
“Athlete Resources – Anti-Doping”
Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands – NZVT is a joint effort involving the Netherlands Olympic Committee and the Netherlands Sports Confederation (NOC*NSF), the trade organization for supplement producers and providers in the Netherlands (NPN), and the Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands.
“Dutch Safeguards System for Dietary Supplements in Elite Sport”
High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) – Designed to give New Zealand athletes the edge HPSNZ works in partnership with the National Sport Organizations (NSOs) to put more athletes on the podium.
“Choosing Dietary Supplements”
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1917, by a visionary group of women. Today, the Academy has over 100,000 credentialed practitioners — registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered, and other dietetics professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics — and is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.
“Sports Nutrition Care Manual”
IMG Academy – IMG Academy is the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational institution. Established in 1978 as the Bollettieri Tennis Academy, IMG Academy now spans over 600 acres and continues to evolve and expand as the industry leader for athletic and performance development.
“Participant Supplement Policy”
IOC, WADA, USADA, and VADA Statements on Dietary Supplements:
BSCG highlights information provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on how to mitigate banned substance risks that may be associated with dietary supplement use. These groups recognize the risk mitigation and protection third-party certification offers to athletes who elect to use dietary supplements and BSCG thanks them for acknowledging our industry in general.
International Olympic Committee (IOC)
IOC consensus statement: Dietary supplements and the high-performance athlete. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 52(7), 439-455. Maughan, R. J. et al., 2018.
International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 2018, 28, 104-125
“Various efforts are being made to address the problems, including the use of third-party auditing activities to identify products that athletes may consider to be at “low risk” of containing prohibited substances. There can be no absolute guarantee that any product is entirely safe, but these schemes do help the athlete to manage the risk.”
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) – Dietary and Nutritional Supplements
“Use of supplement products that have been subjected to one of the available quality assurance schemes can help to reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of an inadvertent doping infringement.”
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Resources
USADA Reduce Your Risk of Testing Positive or Experiencing Negative Health Effects
“Look for third party certification. No program is perfect, and certification is not a guarantee, but it is a step in the right direction.”
Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) – VADA Statement on Dietary Supplements
“Athletes can help protect themselves by avoiding any supplement products altogether, especially those that have not been tested and certified drug-free by a qualified outside organization.”
Other Groups and Website Resources:
“The New Power Eating” by Susan M. Kleiner, PhD, RD, with Maggie Greenwood Robinson (Human Kinetics, 2018)
“Practical Applications of Sport Nutrition” by Heather Hedrick Fink, Alan E. Mikesky (Fifth edition, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2017)
“Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Health” by Marie Spano (Human Kinetics, 2017)
“Fueling Young Athletes” by Heather Mangieri (Human Kinetics, 2016)
“Sport Nutrition Needs for Child and Adolescent Athletes” edited by Chad M. Kerksick, Elizabeth Fox (CRC Press, 2016)
“Dietary Supplements in Health Promotion” by Taylor C. Wallace (CRC Press, 2015)
“Social Issues in Sport” by Ron B. Woods (Third edition, Human Kinetics, 2015)
Mathews N. M. (2017). Prohibited Contaminants in Dietary Supplements. Sports health, 10(1), 19-30.
Buell, J. L., Franks, R., Ransone, J., Powers, M. E., Laquale, K. M., Carlson-Phillips, A., National Athletic Trainers’ Association (2013). National Athletic Trainers’ Association position statement: evaluation of dietary supplements for performance nutrition. Journal of athletic training, 48(1), 124-36.
A Daigle, Karen & Logan, Christi & S Kotwal, Russ. (2015). Comprehensive Performance Nutrition for Special Operations Forces. Journal of special operations medicine: a peer reviewed journal for SOF medical professionals. 15. 40-53.