BSCG Media Articles
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Oliver Catlin Articles on Drugs in Sport and Nutrition

BSCG President Oliver Catlin Shares Insights

BSCG President and Co-founder Oliver Catlin is considered a thought leader in the realm of nutrition supplement certification and testing and anti-doping in sport. He not only shares his perspectives with journalists, but regularly writes his own pieces and blog posts. His works often take an unflinching look at the more nuanced aspects of drug testing in sport and the connections with the dietary supplement and natural product industries. Exploring the depths of the testing process and often combining little known facts with unvarnished opinions based on two decades of experience as a leader in third-party certification and testing, his pieces reflect a depth of thought, a commitment to integrity, and a desire to make the Industry work better for all concerned. Check out some of his writing for yourself.


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Oliver Catlin, Contributing Writer – Natural Products Insider

Oliver Catlin, president and co-founder of BSCG, is a contributing writer to Natural Products Insider (NPI). Here is a selection of his most recent pieces.


CBD, delta-8 THC and other cannabinoids’ place in sport and drug testing
July 28, 2021
The cannabis plant contains more than 144 different cannabinoids, contributing to the complexity of its regulation and market development.

Questionable sports nutrition supplement ingredients
May 17, 2021
Sports nutrition has a history of pushing the envelope of innovation into questionable terrain. Some problematic substances, such as prohormones, 1,3-dimethyamylamine (DMAA) and selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs), are well known, but many others exist as well. (Abbreviated and complete versions of this piece are available; co-written with attorney Rick Collins.)

Differentiating adulteration from natural or environmental presence in dietary supplements
Nov. 12, 2020
Ingredients such as whey protein, deer antler, phenethlyamine (PEA) and its derivatives may contain natural substances that give the appearance of adulteration.

Esports fuel the battle for supremacy in nootropic supplements
Sept. 15, 2020
As esport gaming continues to rise, so does the market of nootropic supplements, which have shown promise in enhancing brain function.

Third-party certification benefits, options in CBD and hemp product industry
Aug. 5, 2020
With regulatory uncertainties over CBD and hemp, third-party certification can provide some comfort to brands and consumers.

Avoiding WADA prohibited substances in weight loss and energy supplements
April 16, 2020
Some energy and weight loss ingredients may be considered prohibited substances, depending on interpretation of industry guidelines.

WADA Prohibited List mods impact sports nutrition
Feb. 12, 2020
The sports supplement industry should be concerned legitimate substances may get caught up in the broader interpretations of WADA Prohibited List language.

Third-party certification programs deliver on consumer demand for transparency
Jan. 9, 2020
With the demand for transparency on the rise, certification programs and seals increasingly help consumers understand the brands that share their own values.

The confusing world of CBD and sports banned substance testing – podcast
Dec. 18, 2019
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) OK’d CBD for athletes under its testing scheme, but many involved in sport are still unsure who can take what form of cannabis.

Common natural anabolics used in sports supplements may be banned substances
June 25, 2019
Several natural anabolics are common muscle-building supplement ingredients today, but they also may qualify as banned substances in sports.

CBD sport drug testing
March 11, 2019
While CBD isn’t prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), other cannabinoids are, effectively banning hemp oil.

Banned substances in sport are not always clearly defined
Jan. 28, 2019
The ambiguity of what constitutes prohibited substances for athletes leaves confusion for manufacturers trying to formulate sports nutrition products.



BSCG and Training and Conditioning

BSCG contributes stories to SportsPurchasing.com, from the publisher of Training & Conditioning magazine. Here is a sampling of these pieces.


BSCG Receives Official Recognition from Sports Nutrition and Dietitians Japan
Dec. 19, 2019
Ahead of the Summer Olympic Games in Japan, BSCG is officially recognized as a select third-party certification and testing provider for Japanese athletes.

BSCG Continues to Grow Its Presence in India
Oct. 12, 2019
BSCG continues to grow its presence in India, with its longtime client Nutra Supplements adding BSCG Certified Drug certifications to five additional products.

BSCG President Oliver Catlin Speaks About Third-Party Certification
July 19, 2019
In a video, BSCG President Oliver Catlin speaks about BSCG’s role in helping to found third-party certification and testing of dietary supplements and how drugs contaminate supplements and related products.

BSCG Introduces Groundbreaking Third-Party Certification for Hemp Products
June 20, 2019
BSCG introduces the first broad-spectrum international third-party hemp certification program to include protection against drugs banned in sport, BSCG Certified Hemp™.

BSCG Celebrates 15th Anniversary
March 19, 2019
First formed to protect elite athletes from dietary supplement concerns and later broadening its efforts to include quality control testing and compliance services for general consumers, BSCG celebrates its 15th anniversary.

Newly Banned Substance Creates Dilemma for Athletes and Nutritionists
Feb. 5, 2019
With the onset of new WADA Prohibited List taking effect, the new myostatin inhibitor language has great potential impact on the nutrition and sport drug-testing industries.

Banned Substances Control Group Committed to Transparency
Jan. 8, 2019
BSCG believes transparency in dietary supplement certification is essential to understanding the underlying protection offered and is proud to have established the highest standard of transparency in third-party certification for banned substances in sports.



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