In the world of health and fitness, athletes are increasingly turning to dietary supplements to complement their nutrition and enhance their performance.
However, with the plethora of products available on the market, it's essential to be discerning about the quality and safety of these supplements.
In order to navigate inline with anti-doping rules and regulations, many athletes are seeking out "HASTA certified" supplements.
In this blog post, we'll explore what the "HASTA" certification means and why it matters when it comes to choosing reliable and safe supplements for your sport.
Human and Supplement Testing Australia (HASTA) is Australia's first commercial product testing organisation for WADA banned substances, and has now launched its certification scheme.
When a product is labeled as "HASTA certified," it signifies that the supplement has undergone rigorous testing to guarantee its safety and purity. HASTA works in collaboration with sports organisations, athletes, and supplement manufacturers to establish high standards for product quality.
HASTA certified means that every product batch has been thirty-party tested, manufacturing processes have been vetted, and batch numbers & expiry dates appear on the HASTA website. Only then do HASTA permit their products to display the 'HASTA Certified' logo on their products.
Certifying a product involves not just testing, but verification of the manufacturing quality controls that are in place. If a product has the "HASTA Certified" seal on pack, it means that every batch has been tested for over 200 WADA prohibited substances.
Key Aspects of HASTA certified:
Ingredient Analysis: HASTA-certified supplements undergo thorough ingredient analysis to verify the accuracy of the listed components. This process helps ensure that the supplement contains the stated ingredients in the correct amounts and does not include any banned or harmful substances.
Quality Assurance: Quality control is a crucial aspect of HASTA certification. The organisation examines manufacturing processes to confirm that supplements are produced under stringent quality standards. This includes assessing the cleanliness of facilities and the overall quality management system in place.
Banned Substance Testing: HASTA is particularly vigilant when it comes to testing for banned substances. Athletes must be cautious about what they consume, as even trace amounts of prohibited substances in supplements can lead to disqualification from competitions. HASTA-certified products provide athletes with confidence that they are not unknowingly consuming banned substances.
Batch Testing: Rather than conducting a one-time test, HASTA performs batch testing on supplements. This involves testing multiple samples from different batches to ensure consistency and reliability over time. This ongoing scrutiny helps maintain the integrity of the approved products.
Why HASTA Approval Matters:
Athlete Confidence: For athletes, knowing that a supplement is HASTA approved instills confidence in its safety and compliance with anti-doping regulations. This confidence is crucial for athletes who are subject to strict testing protocols.
Consumer Trust: HASTA certification goes beyond the athletic community; it also benefits the general public. Consumers seeking high-quality supplements can trust that HASTA-certified products have undergone comprehensive testing, reducing the risk of contamination or mislabeling.
Legal Compliance: In many sports organisations, the use of non-approved supplements can result in serious consequences, including suspension and fines. HASTA certification ensures legal compliance with anti-doping regulations, protecting both athletes and supplement manufacturers.
Look out for this logo on products if you are after peace of mind with HASTA certified.
In a market flooded with an array of dietary supplements, the importance of ensuring their safety and authenticity cannot be overstated. HASTA certified serves as a beacon of reliability, assuring athletes and consumers alike that the supplements they choose have undergone meticulous testing and adhere to the highest standards of quality.
As awareness of HASTA certification grows, it is likely to become an increasingly sought-after criterion for those looking to prioritise their health and performance.
You can check-out our collection of all Hasta Certified products, in one place, by clicking here.
NOTE: Nutrition Capital explicitly disclaims any liability for the misuse, intentional or unintentional, of our supplements in compatibility of ingredients with specific halal guidelines.
No product testing can ever guarantee that a batch is completely free from contamination, as prohibited substances can be present at very low levels, and not distributed evenly through a batch, however, purchasing a HASTA certified product significantly reduces the risk.
Please read our full Liability Declaration here.