Why It’s Important
A majority of people may not understand the significance of supplement certification and yet millions take dietary supplements on a regular basis. Whether it’s protein powder, probiotics, pre-workout supplements, weight-loss supplements, mass gainers, nitric oxide, creatine, recovery products, amino acid supplements, or multivitamins, you are probably one of millions of people who take a supplement of some sort.
But do you really know what is in your dietary supplements? Due to insufficient regulation and low barrier to entry, some supplements can contain harmful contaminants like heavy metals or pesticides that can be harmful to the human body. Others may not actually contain the ingredients or the amounts claimed on the label. Pharmaceutical drugs can enter the supply chain or manufacturing environment and inadvertently contaminate products. Worse yet, unscrupulous manufacturers often put drugs banned in sport or other prescription or over-the-counter drugs in supplements as active ingredients unknowing to the consumer. These can lead to significant health risks and positive drug tests.
Supplement certification is focused on combating these supplement quality control challenges through third-party verification and testing. The BSCG Certified Drug Free® program represents the gold standard in dietary supplement certification. Our testing menu has been tailored for the protection of elite athletes and professionals, equines and canines, and general consumers. The program also includes label verification, contaminant testing and manufacturing audits.
More than three decades of anti-doping testing and analytical method development experience serves as the foundation for our supplement certification services. At BSCG, we understand that every batch we receive to test is a little bit different. We utilize ISO 17025-accredited laboratory procedures and custom-engineered testing methodology to conduct our drug-testing analysis. Our label verification and contaminant testing ensures products meet or exceed GMP requirements and appropriate guidelines like USP.
We certify supplement products, ingredients and manufacturing facilities. For a more complete overview of how our certification process works, check out our certification process, or if you are a supplement manufacturer and want to get the BSCG seal on your product(s), see how to get certified.
If you are a consumer or an athlete, we encourage you to explore our certified drug free clients page for a comprehensive list of supplements, ingredients or facilities that have passed our rigorous certification program requirements. We certify more than 150 products for more than 60 companies on multiple continents. You may also click on the manufacturer logos below to find products, ingredient lots, or facilities certified under the BSCG Certified Drug Free® supplement certification program.