NSF International, an independent public health organization that certifies a wide range of dietary supplements and nutritional products, has launched a new and improved sports website for athletes available in both Spanish and English: NSFsport.com. The completely redesigned site makes it easier for athletes and coaches to find sport supplements and nutritional products that have been screened for steroids and other athletic banned substances via the NSF Certified for Sport® program.
NSF International’s Certified for Sport® program tests and certifies nutritional supplements used by athletes in Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), Professional Golf Association (PGA), Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). The certification process requires testing to ensure nutritional products are free of athletic banned substances and unsafe levels of contaminants, toxicology and label review to verify product formulation and marketing claims, and an inspection of the facility at which the product is made. These requirements are in accordance with the NSF American National Standard for Dietary Supplements (NSF/ANSI 173). NSF’s Certified for Sport® Program builds on this standard through additional screening for prohibited substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), NSF Annex A, NFL, MLB and NCAA prohibited substance lists.
The NSFSport.com Web site
Sports nutrition products that meet all of NSF’s criteria are then certified by NSF and appear on NSFsport.com. Each product is listed by brand name with key product information, company and the logo prominently featured.
In addition to highlighting NSF Certified products, NSFsport.com contains performance training tips, lists prohibited substances, and features a Dietary Supplement Fact Kit with information on how to understand product labels and claims. Twitter updates (twitter.com/Certified4Sport) on recent news stories on doping in sports and other timely events also are available at NSFsport.com.
“News stories on steroid use in sports underscore the need for more screening of dietary supplements and sports nutrition products for banned substances. NSFsport.com helps athletes and coaches identify NSF Certified products that have been tested for steroids and other prohibited substances so they can be confident that the products they purchase will not result in accidental doping,” said Edward Wyszumiala, General Manager of NSF International’s Dietary Supplement Certification Programs.
About NSF International
NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
About NSF’s Dietary Supplement Testing and Certification Programs
NSF International developed the American National Standard for Dietary Supplements (NSF/ANSI Standard 173). The standard, which is the only U.S. national standard for dietary supplements, was developed with participation from a balanced stakeholder group, including the U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), other federal agencies, state regulatory agencies, manufacturers, product retailers, industry trade associations and consumer groups. Working in concert with sports organizations, anti-doping agencies and supplement manufacturers for ten years, NSF evaluates dietary/nutritional supplements and functional ingredients to ensure they meet the requirements of NSF/ANSI 173 standard.
As required by the standard, the NSF Certification process includes: a toxicology and label review to verify product formulation and marketing claims, a formulation review to identify and quantify dietary ingredients declared on product label, a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) inspection and a contaminant review, which involves testing to ensure there are no ingredients present that have not been declared on the label nor are there unsafe levels of contaminants.
NSF’s Certified for Sport® Program builds on the NSF Dietary Supplement Certification Program by additionally screening for banned substances to ensure the product is free of prohibited substances on the WADA, NSF Annex A, NFL, MLB and NCAA prohibited substance lists. The NSF Certified for Sport® program is used by the NFL, MLB, LPGA, PGA and CCES to help ensure the supplements and sports nutrition products their athletes use are free of prohibited/banned substances.
NSF’s Health Sciences Division offers certification, training, consulting, testing and auditing for the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and medical device industries. These services are offered through NSF and its subsidiary companies NSF-DBA, an NSF International Company with 25 years of pharma experience, and NSF Pharmalytica, a leading provider of GLP & GMP, analytical testing, consulting, and research and development (R&D) services.