Testing For Prohibited Substances
All of Bare Performance Nutrition's supplements are enrolled in Informed Sport's testing program.
Informed-Sport is a world-renowned doping control and research laboratory that tests for a wide range of banned substances on the WADA Prohibited List and lists for organizations such as the NFL, NCAA, military, and law enforcement.
Each of our products will be tested for over 250 banned substances, meaning you can have absolute confidence in knowing our supplements have passed the most stringent sports supplement testing.
The presence of the Informed-Sport logo demonstrates to you, our community, that we uphold the responsibility of providing you with the peace of mind you deserve and help you get the results you work so hard to earn.
Based on Informed Sport's surveys and testing, 10-15% of supplements on the market may suffer from low levels of contamination. Even if the contamination levels are low, an athlete may still test positive. Furthermore, athletes tend to take numerous supplements, multiple times per day, to help with recovery and performance which ultimately can increase these levels. If any of these supplements contain even low levels of a banned substance, the accumulative levels could trigger an adverse finding in their drug test.
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Stage One: Product & Manufacturing Review
Prior to supplement certification, a comprehensive picture of our products is built up and reviewed to understand factors such as product branding & integrity, product variants, retail plans, product testing schedules, and manufacturing facilities. At this stage, the product ingredients are reviewed in detail by experienced assessors to minimize the risk of banned substances.
A review of the procedures in place at our manufacturing facilities is then undertaken via a paper-based assessment. This process is managed by experienced assessors, who provide guidance on how to meet the required standards of the Informed Sport program and reduce risk within manufacturing processes.
This stage of the supplement certification includes assessment of the following:
- Quality systems and audits
- Staff training in relation to cross-contamination prevention
- Raw materials
- Raw material supplier assessment procedures
- Traceability & recall procedures
Stage Two: Pre-Certification Sample Testing
A minimum of three finished product samples are tested using LGC's ISO 17025 accredited prohibited substances supplement screen. An additional unit of each batch tested is sent in for secure storage at the LGC laboratory. Testing is performed on commercial products ready for retail to consumers. These samples must not show indication for contamination with prohibited substances.
Stage Three: Product Supplement Certification, Logo Use and Web Listing
Once stages one and two are complete and any resulting actions have been closed out, the product will be accepted for certification with Informed Sport. An Informed Sport certificate will be issued and we may use the Informed Sport logo in association with the certified product. The certified product will be listed on the Informed Sport website along with all tested batches.
Stage Four: Post-Certification Requirements and Testing
Following supplement certification, EVERY product batch (including all flavor variants) must be submitted by the brand to Informed Sport for testing using LGC’s ISO 17025 accredited prohibited substances screen before the product can be released into the marketplace. An additional unit of each batch will be retained in secure storage for the shelf life of that particular product. In addition, regular blind testing is performed to further ensure the integrity of the product, whereby the Informed Sport Program Management team purchase the product from retail for testing. The blind testing schedule starts at between one and four blinds per year depending on the number of batches produced per year. This schedule decreases to a minimum of one blind per year as a product testing history is established.
Every batch-tested product will be displayed on the Informed Sport website. In addition to regular product testing, the product and manufacturing facilities are regularly re-reviewed to ensure the requirements of Informed Sport continue to be met.
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