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NSF and iNADO Join to Protect Athletes and Consumers From Sports Supplement Risks

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NSF International recently signed a two-year partnership with the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO) based in Bonn, Germany. With the partnership, iNADO recognizes NSF’s Certified for Sport program as an invaluable resource to help athletes and consumers avoid potentially harmful ingredients and athletic banned substances found in products marketed as dietary supplements.

Inadvertent doping in sports continues to be an ongoing challenge. Together, the organizations will advance iNADO’s clear and consistent messages supporting best anti-doping practices among national and international sports and government bodies. iNADO’s membership includes approximately 70 National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs).

“iNADO is extremely pleased to be teaming up with NSF International to further our common objective of helping athletes compete in a safer, healthy and clean manner,” said Graeme Steel, CEO of iNADO. “We view NSF International as an invaluable resource that helps consumers and athletes make informed decisions when choosing supplements. It is a natural partnership that we fully support and endorse among our members and the athletic community.”

As part of NSF International’s Certified for Sport program, supplements are tested on a lot-by-lot basis for more than 270 athletic banned substances. Label claims are verified and products are tested to verify formulation. Products are also tested for harmful levels of contaminants or fraudulent ingredients. Recognized as the “gold standard” for quality, NSF International’s Certified for Sport is recommended in the U.S. by the MLB, NFL, PGA, LPGA, CCES, CPSDA and Taylor Hooton Foundation as well as many other sports organizations.

NSF’s newly updated Certified for Sport app gives consumers and athletes a quick and convenient way to search for products that have earned the NSF Certified for Sport mark. NSF International will showcase the new app when it participates in the iNADO Workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 20.

“While there have been advances in the manufacturing of supplements over the last decade, athletes continue to fail doping tests because they are unknowingly taking supplements contaminated with substances banned in their sport,” said Terence O’Rorke, regional manager of NSF International’s Certified for Sport program in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. “NSF’s Certified for Sport provides the highest possible protection for athletes who use sports supplements. By partnering with iNADO, NSF International wants to prevent inadvertent doping and help protect athletes and consumers.”

In addition to lot-by-lot testing for more than 270 athletic banned substances, products bearing NSF’s Certified for Sport mark must be produced in a manufacturing facility that is inspected twice a year to comply with good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements.

For more information, visit www.nsfsport.com.

 

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