NSF International Unveils New Banned Substances Certification Program for All Sports

Program Recommended by Key Sports Organizations

Ann Arbor, Mich. (March 7, 2006) - NSF International (NSF), an independent, not-for-profit organization that develops standards and certifies products, today announced the launch of a new athletic banned substances certification program for dietary supplements and sports nutrition products. The new program has been recommended by key athletic organizations, including Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and in the near future, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.

"This supplement certification program is designed to create a level playing field for all those professional, amateur and youth athletes who are dedicated to fair play in sports," say Kathleen Jordan, MS, RD, general manager, NSF Dietary Supplement Certification Program. "The athletic community has expressed concerns that many supplements may contain undeclared ingredients that could lead to positive testing for banned substances. Our certification program directly addresses these concerns and provides a solution."

The entire sports community-from professional, amateur and recreational athletes to coaches, trainers and parents-will be able to look for a specially designed NSF Certified for Sport(TM) Mark on sports supplement labels. Products bearing this Mark will indicate that a supplement manufacturer has undergone stringent evaluation criteria, including product testing for banned substances and label content confirmation, formulation and label review, production facility inspections, and ongoing monitoring. Once a product is certified, it will be listed on the NSF International website at www.nsf.org.

The NSF Athletic Banned Substances Certification Program builds on the organization's expertise in dietary supplements and functional foods. NSF developed and maintains the only accredited American National Standard to certify dietary supplements. This standard, NSF/ANSI Standard 173, ensures that the actual product contents match those printed on the label.

Similarly, in 2004, NSF partnered with the National Football League (NFL) and NFL Player's Association to develop and administer the NFL/NFLPA Supplement Certification Program, a first-of-its-kind program designed for professional football.

"The NSF Athletic Banned Substances Certification Program will build upon the success of our experience with the NFL/NFLPA Supplement Certification Program," says Jordan. "However, with this program, we will be working with a range of organizations, manufacturers and suppliers involved in the international sports community to apply to both professional and amateur athletes in all sports."

Program Elements

The program, which is focused primarily on the sports supplement manufacturing and sourcing process, provides key preventive measures to:

Protect against adulteration of products
Verify label claims with product contents
Identify inappropriate substances in the finished product

The foundation of the program is built on the principles of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). This involves a consistent process whereby products are manufactured under conditions that certify freedom from contamination and provides independent assurances of a manufacturer's product label claim. Additionally, any manufacturer, finished product company or ingredient supplier that currently manufactures a steroid or steroid precursor or any other substance on the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA), NFL/NFLPA, and MLB/MLBPA prohibitive substances lists are excluded from participating in the program. Neither the standard nor the product certification program are designed to address efficacy.

NSF is currently working with ingredient suppliers and manufacturers and anticipates that the first NSF Athletic Banned Substances Certified products will be available in Spring 2006. For additional information, visit the NSF Web site at www.nsf.org or call 1-800-NSF-MARK.

About NSF International:

NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, air and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.


Jerry Bowman
NSF International
Tel: 734.827.6818
e-mail: [email protected]

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