A recent 2013 EU study conducted by LGC anti-doping
laboratory, HFL Sport Science, where 114 supplement products purchased across
Europe were tested, indicated an alarming 10% contamination rate.
Amongst the contamination rate twenty banned substance
findings were observed with steroids and stimulants such as Methylhexanamine
were found in the contaminated supplement samples.
The results were revealed at the South African supplement
summit, hosted by HFL Sport Science on Wednesday, 14 August. The summit
provided an in-depth discussion by industry leaders including the SA Institute
for Drug-Free Sport on the current issue at hand surrounding the sport
supplement industry and the ongoing risks athletes take when using sport
Khalid Galant, CEO of the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport
commented on the summit, “SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport welcomes the presence
of HFL Sport Science in South Africa as the issue of supplements affects not
only our professional athletes but our schools as well. HFL’s accredited
testing programme allows the athlete and youth to make an informed choice.”
Quality assurance programme
The summit sees the launch of Informed-Sport and
Informed-Choice to South African market that provides athletes with a risk
management and quality assurance programme.
“Whilst we know that the majority of elite athletes will
take supplements, most anti-doping organisations do not recommend the use of
such supplementation,” says David Hall, previous CEO of HFL Sport Science.
Hall continues to add that the presence of a quality
assurance programme in South Africa like Informed-Sport and Informed-Choice
provides a trusted solution in the absence of a regulated supplement industry.
“Athletes are governed by strict liability rules therefore
they need accredited risk management approach to taking supplements,” concludes
HFL research demonstrates without doubt that there is an
issue within the supplement industry. Quality assurance programmes such as
Informed-Sport and Informed-Choice are voluntary processes for supplement
brands, with commitment from a number of high profile supplement brands in
The summit will provide improved understanding for both the
sporting bodies and the supplement industries, to adopt this voluntary process
as a best practice method in place of regulation of supplement industry.