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BSCG Receives Official Recognition from Sports Nutrition and Dietitians Japan

posted 2019-12-19T00:38:59 in Blog

Ahead of Summer Olympics in Tokyo, BSCG Certified Drug Free® Program Is Acknowledged for Meeting Anti-Doping Guidelines in Japan

BSCG (Banned Substances Control Group), a leading international third-party certification and testing provider for dietary supplements and related products, has recently been qualified as an official service provider in Japan by SNDJ (Sports Nutrition and Dietitians Japan). In the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games and beyond, BSCG Certified Drug Free® products that are labeled for sale in Japan will be included in the official SNDJ list of products that have been reviewed for quality control and banned substances for the protection of Japanese athletes.

This past spring, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) Expert Committee on Verification of Supplemental Certification Framework issued “guidelines on the framework for product information disclosure of supplements in sports.” The task of considering the guidelines and establishing an official list of tested products in Japan was given to SNDJ. After careful review, SNDJ determined that BSCG was one of only two companies that met the rigorous guidelines that had been established and officially recognized the BSCG Certified Drug Free® program. As a result, BSCG will be able to assist Japan’s sports nutrition industry to meet the demands of Japanese athletes ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, and beyond. 

“With the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics on the horizon, we are humbled and honored to be designated as an official third-party dietary supplement certification provider in Japan,” said Catlin. “We appreciate the efforts of SNDJ and its team of experts to evaluate our industry and provide resources to help ensure the safety, quality and transparency of sports nutrition products.”

SNDJ was created as a vehicle for interacting with the sports nutrition and supplement industry and disseminating information to sportspeople and concerned consumers. Dr. Shihoko Suzuki is the founder of SNDJ and one of the most influential sport nutritionists in Japan. She serves as Vice President of the Japan Dietetic Association (JDA) and the founder of the Japan Sports Nutrition Association (JSNA), the certifying organization of Licensed Sports Nutritionists.

With Olympic drug testing a cornerstone of its foundation, BSCG applies the same standard of testing to certifying supplement products to help protect Olympic and professional athletes and ensure clean competition at the highest levels. In the run-up to Tokyo 2020, look for an increasing number of Japanese dietary supplements and sports nutrition products to be added to the BSCG Certified Drug Free Database. Products are also listed on the SNDJ official BSCG list, with promotional opportunities on the SNDJ site available for certified brands.

BSCG’s gold standard certification program includes key elements that benefit athletes and consumers. These include Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance and a review of label verification and contaminant testing. Testing for World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited Substances is done on individual lots of products that are identified on product packages. Athletes are advised to only use lots that have been certified and should verify the lot numbers in certification program databases prior to use.

In addition to SNDJ, BSCG is thankful for acknowledgment of the BSCG Certified Drug Free® program from the USOC, NIH-ODS, UFC, OPSS, Drug Free Sport International, LPGA, CrossFit, SNDJ, Canadian Sports Institute, USA Triathlon, Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands, High Performance Sport New Zealand, and others.

For more about BSCG and its certification and testing programs, visit its website at Contact BSCG at 1-800-920-6605 or Follow BSCG on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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