As the world of sports nutrition continues to expand, athletes and fitness enthusiasts are faced with an overwhelming array of dietary supplements.
Among the sea of products, a distinctive mark of quality and safety is "Informed Sport."
In this blog post, we'll delve into what Informed Sport is, as per the information available on their website (sport.wetestyoutrust.com), and why this certification is becoming increasingly important for athletes and consumers seeking trustworthy supplements.
Understanding Informed Sport:
Informed Sport is a global certification program that focuses on ensuring the safety and quality of sports supplements. The program is designed to provide athletes with confidence that the supplements they are using have undergone rigorous testing for banned substances and meet high standards of quality and transparency.
Informed-Sport is a quality assurance program for sports nutrition products, suppliers to the sports nutrition industry, and supplement manufacturing facilities. The program certifies that all nutritional supplements and/or ingredients that bear the Informed-Sport logo have been tested for banned substances by the world class sports anti-doping laboratory, LGC.
The Science in Sport brand is trusted by professional and Olympic athletes in a range of sports, across the world. A key component of this trust is the Company’s approach to preventing banned substances entering its supply chain and finished products.
The Informed Sports enhanced regime is built on the following pillars:
- Every single batch of Science in Sport finished product which leaves the Company’s factory is screened against the 2020 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list. Banned substances including steroids are tested to the level of 10 Nanograms per gram, and stimulants to 100 Nanograms per gram. Batches (sampled at the beginning, during and end of each product batch) receive the recognised and respected Informed Sport certificate and Science in Sport provides the documentation to athletes on request
- The above standard of testing is carried out by only a handful of companies in the sports nutrition industry. In addition to this, Science in Sport also:
- Carries out pre-production testing of ingredients based on Risk Based Evaluation, to the same standard as finished product batches.
- Maintains full trace management of all raw materials from raw material base and manufacturing supplier, through to finished goods manufactured per production batch.
- Implements rigorous screening of all ingredient suppliers, including annual auditing Screens its production facility in Nelson, Lancashire, including swab testing and third-party inspections, throughout the year.
Key Aspects of Informed Sport Certification:
Banned Substance Testing: Informed Sport conducts thorough testing to detect and eliminate the presence of banned substances in sports supplements. This is crucial for athletes who must adhere to strict anti-doping regulations to compete at the highest levels.
Quality Assurance: The certification process includes an assessment of the manufacturing facilities and processes to ensure they meet stringent quality standards. This involves scrutinizing the cleanliness of production environments and evaluating the overall quality management systems in place.
Ingredient Verification: Informed Sport verifies the accuracy of the listed ingredients on supplement labels. This ensures that consumers and athletes can trust that the product contains the stated ingredients in the correct amounts, reducing the risk of mislabeling or contamination.
Regular Batch Testing: To maintain the integrity of the certification, Informed Sport conducts ongoing batch testing. This involves testing multiple samples from different batches of a product to ensure consistency and reliability over time.
Risk Mitigation: Informed Sport provides an extra layer of protection for athletes and consumers by minimizing the risk of inadvertent doping violations. Athletes can confidently choose Informed Sport certified supplements, knowing they have been thoroughly tested for banned substances.
Why Informed Sport Matters:
Athlete Confidence: Informed Sport certification offers athletes peace of mind, assuring them that the supplements they use are free from prohibited substances. This confidence is essential for those competing at the highest levels where doping violations can have severe consequences.
Global Recognition: Informed Sport is recognized and trusted globally by athletes, sports organizations, and anti-doping agencies. This recognition adds value to the certification, making it a reputable standard in the sports nutrition industry.
Consumer Trust: Beyond the athletic community, Informed Sport certification instills trust in consumers seeking reliable and safe supplements. It serves as a mark of quality that indicates a commitment to transparency and product safety.
Look out for this logo on products if you are after peace of mind with Informed Sports Approved.
Informed Sport stands as a beacon of trust in the realm of sports supplements, providing athletes and consumers with a reliable marker of quality and safety. As the importance of clean and safe supplementation continues to grow, Informed Sport certification is likely to become an increasingly sought-after credential for those seeking to optimise their performance while prioritising their health and well-being.
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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 an Informed Sports certified product significantly reduces the risk.
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