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NSF International Introduces Certification Program for Sports Supplements

New York, Mar 10, 2006

NSF International, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), recently launched a new certification program for dietary supplements and sports nutrition products. The Athletic Banned Substances Certification Program is designed to provide assurance of a manufacturer’s label claim, and to protect against the inclusion of banned substances in sports supplements.

“The athletic community has expressed concerns that many supplements may contain undeclared ingredients that could lead to positive testing for banned substances,” said Kathleen Jordan, general manager of the NSF Dietary Supplement Certification Program. “Our certification program directly addresses these concerns and provides a solution. 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.”

The NSF Certified for Sport™ mark will signify to all athletes, coaches, and trainers—both amateur and professional—that a product’s manufacturer has met the stringent criteria set by NSF in cooperation with regulatory, industry and consumer groups. The NSF seal of approval will indicate that products have been tested for banned substances, that the label content information has been verified, and that the manufacturing facilities have been inspected. Certification will also involve reevaluation of products and facilities on an ongoing basis. The program has already received support from athletic organizations including Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

In 2004, NSF partnered with the National Football League (NFL) and the NFL Player’s Association (NFLPA) to develop a similar supplement certification program 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,” said Ms. 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.”

NSF has begun working with manufacturers and suppliers, and anticipates that the first certified products will be available in the spring of this year. A list of certified products will be updated and maintained on the NSF International website. For more information, please visit

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