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Five Steps to Certified for Sport® Certification

NSF International's Certified for Sport® program helps athletes make safer decisions when choosing sports supplements. MLB, NHL and CFL clubs are permitted to provide and recommend only products that are Certified for Sport®. Certified for Sport® is also recommended by the NFL, PGA, LPGA, CCES, CPSDA, Taylor Hooton Foundation and many other sports organizations.

Manufacturers that pursue certification undergo product testing for 270+ banned substances, label content confirmation, a formulation and label review, production facility and supplier inspections, and ongoing monitoring in line with prohibited substance lists of the NFL and MLB as well as NSF Annex C.

Companies that pursue certification to Certified for Sport® go through these steps:

  1. Application
    • Formulation
    • Label
    • Ingredient suppliers information
    • Manufacturing facilities information
  2. Facility Inspection
    • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) audits of production facilities and review that no banned substances are stored or manufactured at the facility
    • Observations of in-house laboratories
    • Sourcing and traceability procedures
  3. Toxicology Review
    • Label and formulation review and comparison
    • Ingredient review
    • Determine product testing
  4. Annual Laboratory Testing/Analysis
    • Microbiological
    • Heavy metals
    • Pesticides/herbicides
    • Label content verification
    • Disintegration
    • Banned substances testing based on number of lots
  5. Product Certification/Listing
    • Monitor control formulation/ingredient supplier changes
    • Marketplace sampling

MLB logoCertified for Sport® is the only independent third-party certification program recognized by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. MLB and MLBPA recognize NSF as the gold standard in supplement certification, and continue to be impressed by NSF’s constant growth and improvements of their program.

“MLB Clubs are permitted to only provide and recommend products that are Certified for Sport®, and players are urged to only use these products. NSF has expanded their program to meet the growing needs of our athletes and developed valuable resources to help guide them through the dietary supplement industry.”

– Jon Coyles, Vice President, Drug, Health & Safety Programs, MLB

To learn more about the Certified for Sport® program, please contact us.