BSCG: The Gold Standard in Third-Party Certification and Testing
Consumers demand quality nutritional supplements more than ever in the Covid era. BSCG certification allows brands to showcase their commitment to quality and differentiate themselves from others in the industry, delivering on that demand.
BSCG (Banned Substances Control Group) is a leading third-party certification and testing provider founded in 2004 in Los Angeles by world-renowned Olympic drug-testing pioneer Don H. Catlin, MD, executive Oliver Catlin, and attorney Ryan Connolly. BSCG offers reputable manufacturers, brands, ingredient suppliers, and distributors an independent means to distinguish their products as free of banned substance concerns and provides consumers and athletes assurance that what they’re consuming is what is on the label and will not endanger health or lead to a doping violation. Today BSCG offers an array of certification programs including BSCG Certified Drug Free, BSCG Certified Quality, BSCG Certified GMP, and BSCG Certified CBD.
BSCG Certified Drug Free, BSCG’s linchpin program, uses the broadest testing menu available in the industry, protecting both athletes and everyday consumers. Our gold-standard menu covers 276 banned substances in sport, as well as 220 prescription, over-the-counter, and illicit drugs that no other group covers. We test for drugs on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and other sport and military drug-testing banned substance lists. BSCG is also the only certification provider to offer protection customized for animal supplements, with testing that covers 1,300 drugs banned in equine and canine sport. This program starts with a robust review process that evaluates formulas, labels, claims and compliance.
BSCG Certified Quality helps to address an issue increasingly foremost in the minds of today’s health-conscious consumers: the quality of a given product. To ensure what is listed on a product label can be found in the product, companies must infuse quality at every step in the process, from raw materials, to manufacturing, and finally to the finished product. BSCG Certified Quality tests for quality by focusing on ingredient identity, label claim verification, and environmental contaminants like heavy metals, pesticides, solvents and microbiological agents.
BSCG Certified GMP offers a unique approach to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance that goes beyond the usual checklist, taking a deep dive into the most common violations seen in FDA audits over the last decade. BSCG’s program provides several added benefits not offered elsewhere—like allowing downstream clients to license the BSCG Certified GMP seal for use on packages and marketing materials as long as the facility remains certified. We also extend a 20% discount on the initial cost of certification to clients who want to join our other highly regarded programs. Not to mention our audit solution is the most affordable third-party GMP program available.
BSCG Certified CBD is the first third-party certification program in the world to offer banned substance protection to the CBD and hemp product industry. BSCG Certified CBD is a unique all-in-one program that offers a complete compliance solution to brands, manufacturers, or ingredient suppliers. For this comprehensive program, BSCG conducts ongoing testing for banned substances in sport, verifies the level of cannabinoids including CBD and THC while applying a daily limit on THC for drug-testing protection, and confirms products do not contain a range of contaminants including heavy metals, pesticides, solvents and microbiological agents. The initial certification process includes reviews of product labels and claims, verifies CBD and hemp sourcing, and evaluates the quality control process for Good Manufacturing Practices compliance.
BSCG is proud to work with more than 70 brands to certify more than 500 products or ingredients available in more than 60 countries around the world.
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