The sports nutrition sector makes up a large part of the dietary supplements market. Besides certification of GMP compliance, organic, vegan, and GMO free, there is an increasing trend for sports nutrition products to be certified as free from banned physical enhancement substances.
This trend has stemmed from the unfortunate issues of athletes testing positive to banned substances and shortfalls in GMP compliance. This extra certification also aims to ensure that individual product batches are free from sport specific banned substances. The “seal of approval” makes consumer choices easier by providing a guarantee that can be relied on.
Certifying organizations work with product manufacturers and distributors, as well as official sports groups in some cases. The number of organizations currently offering these extra certifications is small. Each certifier also has a different method of performing their certifications. Some require individual batch testing and release. Others only certify products based on formula evaluation, testing, and manufacture auditing.
When choosing a certifier it is key to understand the processes they use, the quality of analyses performed, and the certification requirements. The costs involved with additional certifications can be significant. The expense of potential delays for product delivery during batch testing should also be considered. Since almost all certifying activities are identical to GMP requirements, it is often the relationship of the certifier with sports organizations that determines the added value of additional certifications.
However, if these factors do not add significant value to the product, sports nutrition companies can (and should) resolve compliance issues internally. Dietary supplement distributors are required to know the performance of their contracted manufacturers as part of GMP compliance. Completing these requirements involves the same effort as paying for extra certification.
Whether or not you opt for extra certification, always ensure that your operations are GMP compliant and have the transparency to pass inspection. This will save a lot of time, money and headaches for everyone involved.
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