Dietary and Nutritional Supplements

  1. Can an athlete test positive from using dietary/nutritional supplements?
  2. Can a dietary/nutritional supplement company have their supplements tested by WADA?
  3. Can a supplements company have their products approved by WADA?

1. Can an athlete test positive from using dietary/nutritional supplements? Up

Extreme caution is recommended regarding supplement use.

The use of dietary supplements by athletes is a concern because in many countries the manufacturing and labeling of supplements may not follow strict rules, which may lead to a supplement containing an undeclared substance that is prohibited under anti-doping regulations. A significant number of positive tests have been attributed to the misuse of supplements and taking a poorly labeled dietary supplement is not an adequate defense in a doping hearing.

2. Can a dietary/nutritional supplement company have their supplements tested by WADA? Up

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is not involved in the testing of dietary/nutritional supplements.

The Laboratory Code of Ethics, in the International Standard for Laboratories (Section 4.4 of Annex B), states that WADA-accredited laboratories shall not engage in analyzing commercial material or preparations (e.g. dietary supplements) unless specifically requested by an Anti-Doping Organization as part of a doping case investigation. The Laboratory shall not provide results, documentation or advice that, in any way, suggests endorsement of products or services.

3. Can a supplements company have their products approved by WADA? Up

WADA is not involved in any certification process regarding supplements and therefore does not certify or endorse manufacturers or their products. We do not control the quality or the claims of the supplements industry.

If a company wishes to promote its products to the sport community, it is its responsibility as a manufacturer to ensure that the products do not lead to any anti-doping rule violation.