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Olympic Drug Testing Experience

Bringing the Olympic Drug Testing Standard to Supplement Certification

Banned Substances Control Group (BSCG) brings the Olympic drug testing standard to dietary supplement and sports nutrition certification. Our science-first approach is driven by an unparalleled three decades of history dealing with Olympic drug testing in sport, dietary supplements, and associated toxicology concerns. The advanced techniques we developed to test athletes for traces of prohibited drugs on the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited) List were carefully re-engineered to ensure dietary supplements used in sports nutrition are free of drugs and contaminants.

Three Decades of Olympic Drug Testing Experience

In 1982, Don Catlin, M.D., built the the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, the first Olympic drug testing laboratory in the United States and the third laboratory of its kind in the world. At the time, Olympic testing laboratories were governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as WADA had yet to be formed.

Dr. Catlin served as the longest-tenured member of the IOC Medical Commission in its history. During his tenure, the commission and other sports drug-testing authorities wanted to pursue a worldwide independent approach to anti-doping. Dr. Catlin and other leaders in the Olympic anti-doping community worked together to formulate the concept of WADA, which was founded in 1999.

After WADA’s establishment, Dr. Catlin went on to assist in the development of laboratory standards and pushed for WADA to adopt the principles of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 for accreditation requirements. Dr. Catlin’s UCLA Olympic Lab was one of the first labs to earn WADA accreditation.

Dr. Catlin also has long been a leading figure in sports doping control in the United States. When drug testing was in its infancy, he worked to establish a leadership committee to help oversee the nascent drug-testing program at the U.S. Olympic Committee and was instrumental in dealing with a number of early challenges. Several decades later he helped lead the effort to create an independent testing agency resulting in the formation on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2000.

In professional and collegiate sport, Dr. Catlin and colleagues helped develop and create world-class drug testing programs for the NFL, MLB, NCAA, and others. His laboratory also served the U.S. military drug-testing needs.

Dr. Don Catlin and the Development of Key Performance-Enhancing Drug Tests

Since founding the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory in 1982 and serving as its director for 25 years, Dr. Don Catlin has been instrumental in discovering new performance-enhancing drugs and establishing methods to uncover athletes’ use of various substances. His research, while both conducting doping control and simply focusing on new and evolving drugs, has been vital in the creation of many of the tests currently used to detect performance-enhancing drugs. That’s one reason in 2007, the New York Times noted, “Some call Dr. Don Catlin… the father of drug testing in sports.”

He and his son, industry executive Oliver Catlin, and attorney Ryan Connolly founded the well-regarded supplement certification provider BSCG in 2004. The Catlins’ expertise is unparalleled and often sought on the more complicated issues facing both anti-doping research and supplement testing. In the pages that follow, we’ll take a brief look at some of Dr. Catlin’s key performance-enhancing drug (PED) breakthroughs and where more information can be found about them.



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