LGC is a world-renowned sports doping control and research laboratory, with over 50 years of expertise in anti-doping in sport. LGC has published over 300 scientific papers on methods for detection of trace levels of substances that are prohibited in sport and has over 450 man-years of research into doping control.
LGC has been testing supplements and ingredients on behalf of reputable manufacturers and suppliers for over 10 years. It has tested tens of thousands of samples during this time and has also carried out a number of research studies to explore the prevalence of contamination with prohibited substances in products and ingredients. LGC's research into supplements and contamination also includes several administration studies to investigate the levels of prohibited substances that could cause an athlete to fail a doping test. These have been published in peer reviewed scientific journals.
LGC's testing capability for supplements and ingredients includes the analysis of over 160 substances that are considered prohibited in sport and substances that pose a threat in respect of product contamination. These substances include drugs of abuse, anabolic agents, stimulants, beta-2-agonists, masking agents, etc.
Testing methods used for a range of substances from these categories have been validated and accredited to ISO 17025 standard for supplements and ingredients, in each of the relevant matrices: powders, bars, liquids, capsules, tablets, etc., with defined method capabilities/reporting limits. LGC Fordham has held this accreditation since 2003, granted by UKAS (the United Kingdom Accreditation Service), while LGC Lexington gained its accreditation from A2LA (American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, see www.a2la.org: certificate no. 3244.01) in 2012 shortly after opening.
Other prohibited substances tested for are not explicitly covered within the ISO 17025 accreditation schedule for supplements/ingredients; however, similar analytical methods and quality control procedures are employed to those used for the analysis of the accredited compounds.
As a doping control laboratory, LGC works directly with sports authorities, national anti-doping organizations, and national governing bodies worldwide. Providing advice and expert support, LGC is able to represent the views of partners and assist in the shaping of future regulation.