NSF International’s (Ann Arbor, MI) Dietary Supplements Certification Program has introduced a new Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Sport Program to minimize the risk of sports nutrition products containing banned substances. The GMP for Sport Program supports NSF’s New Athletic Banned Substances Certification Program. GMP for Sport is an independent registration that demonstrates a manufacturer’s compliance with GMPs. Outlined in Section 8 of NSF/ANSI Standard 173 for Dietary Supplements, GMPs verify that guidelines exist for the following processes: personnel issues, plant and grounds maintenance/sanitation, laboratory operations, sourcing and traceability, equipment design and maintenance, quality assurance issues, health claims, and production/process controls. Additional requirements for the NSF GMP for Sport Program include: two annual GMP for Sport audits, which ensure ongoing conformance to GMP requirements; manufacturer affidavits, which validate that manufacturers do not source, purchase or inventory any component contained on the banned substances list; and active ingredient supplier affidavits, which offer suppliers an opportunity to participate in the NSF Athletic Banned Substances Certification Program. Companies that comply with all requirements of the NSF GMP for Sport Program will be issued a plaque and listed on the NSF website, ww.nsf.org/Certified/GMP. They will also be able to use the NSF GMP for Sport logo in advertising and collateral material.
In other news, NSF has formed a new partnership with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). CCES recognized the NSF Certified for Sport mark on products as a key indication that sports nutrition products have undergone stringent review through the NSF Athletic Banned Substances Certification Program. The certification program for Canadian consumers and athletes is designed to minimize the risk that a dietary supplement or sports nutrition product contains prohibited substances. The certification process will concentrate on the categories of stimulants, anabolic steroids, beta-2 agonists and masking agents.