Key Industry Event - Dietary Supplements and Athletic Performance: Challenges & Opportunities

The National Football League / National Football League Players Association Supplement Certification Program Administered by NSF International

Discussion of key regulatory, political, analytical and certification issues affecting use of dietary supplements in athletics.

April 22, 2004
Hilton Salt Lake City Center
Salt Lake City, Utah

Dietary supplements used for sports and athletic performance is a multi-billion dollar industry. Yet in recent years, leading sport organizations have essentially outlawed the use of dietary supplements as a result of doping scandals, misbranded products containing banned substances, and continuing controversy surrounding the use of ephedra and androstenedione. Athletes who take dietary supplements to increase performance do so at the risk of testing positive and suffering serious consequences to their professional or amateur careers. However, the benefits provided by high quality, well manufactured dietary supplements for sport performance are clear. The need to address and resolve these issues was recently highlighted in the President’s State of the Union address when he stated:

“The use of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids in baseball, football, and other sports is dangerous, and it sends the wrong message—that there are shortcuts to accomplishment, and that performance is more important than character. So tonight I call on team owners, union representatives, coaches, and players to take the lead, to send the right signal, to get tough, and to get rid of steroids now.”

The President’s mandate to resolve the specific issue of steroids and sport is now accompanied by the introduction of several major bills in Congress to amend DSHEA by treating certain classes of dietary supplements as either controlled substances or to require far greater FDA oversight of such products. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which has responsibility for testing Olympic athletes, has recently expressed great concerns about the potential longterm health effects of certain dietary supplements when used by younger athletes. In the midst of this public controversy, the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) have developed a program with NSF International to test and certify dietary supplements, functional foods and related products under the new NFL/NFLPA Supplement Certification Program.

It is likely that this program will have enormous influence on how dietary supplements are tested and certified as acceptable for use in professional and amateur sports.

This one-day seminar will lay out each of the key features of the official NFL/NFLPA Supplement Certification Program including:

• Criteria for formula evaluation, Good Manufacturing Practices, clinical testing for metabolites, chain of custody procedures, and state-of-the-art analytical testing requirements.
• An examination of the current regulatory and political issues surrounding dietary supplements for use in sport and athletics.
• Insights as to how athletes are deciding what dietary supplements to use and why.
• Advice to coaches, athletes and athletic directors on best practices to use dietary supplement safely and with confidence.
• An evaluation of how the certification program will affect the commercial and competitive sales environment for dietary supplements.

Who should attend?
• Any company selling dietary supplements, functional foods or beverages for athletic or sport performance.
• Advertising agencies representing manufacturers and marketers of dietary supplements, beverages and functional foods for athletes.
• Senior managers, R&D staff, marketing and sales executives, insurance and risk managers, legal and regulatory staff, analytical and quality assurance staff of any company manufacturing dietary supplements, functional foods and beverages for athletes.
• College / high school coaches & athletic directors.
• Independent analytical laboratories.
• Dietary supplement ingredient producers & suppliers.
• Professional sport organization executives.

About the Sponsors:

NSF International, The Public Health and Safety Company™, is the world leader in standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health and safety. A non-profit, nongovernmental organization, NSF was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI. Certification with NSF allows the use of the highly recognized NSF Certification Mark on your product. NSF’s certification service also includes product testing, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) inspections, and ongoing monitoring.

At the request of the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), NSF has developed stringent criteria for product certification under the NFL/NFLPA Supplement Certification Program. In addition to requiring NSF certification to dietary supplements or functional foods criteria, the program requires each product lot to undergo analytical testing to ensure the absence of any substances banned by the NFL/NFLPA.

Utah Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) represents the leading dietary supplement companies in the state of Utah. Our members are some of the world’s most respected natural healthcare companies. Utah is the largest dietary supplement manufacturing center in the world, with annual sales of Utah-based companies exceeding $2.5 billion. World class production and quality control systems are a basic segment of UNPA membership, as are rigorous raw materials specifications, in-process controls, and analytical testing methods.

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