What is Informed-Sport?

Iinformed-Sport is a supplement testing and certification programme which provides assurance to athletes that products carrying the Informed-Sport mark have been regularly tested for prohibited substances and manufactured to high quality standards. Responsible supplement companies have made Informed-Sport part of their existing quality assurance systems to ensure their products are safer for athletes to use.

Research has shown that some supplement products have been found to be contaminated with low levels of steroids and stimulants that are prohibited by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and other sporting bodies. The Informed-Sport programme aims to work closely with supplement manufacturers and suppliers by providing high quality analytical testing to minimise the incidence of banned contaminants finding their way into sport.

The Informed-Sport certification programme was established in 2008 by one of the world's leading doping control laboratories, LGC (formerly HFL Sport Science). Although LGC has been testing supplements since 2002, it became clear that there was a need for a comprehensive certification programme which not only tested products for banned substances, but also ensured that manufacturing facilities had the highest quality standards.

This certification is voluntary for supplement companies who wish register some, or all, of their products and carry the Informed-Sport logo on those products. Athletes who see the Informed-Sport logo on a product can be assured it has undergone a rigorous screening programme for banned substances in sport and is safer to use.