There have been cases where both Australian and international athletes have been sanctioned after they have used supplements that they thought were safe, but were actually contaminated with prohibited substances. Despite the claims made by supplement manufacturers that their products are safe and free of substances prohibited in sport, it is not possible to offer an absolute guarantee to athletes. It is for this reason ASADA and other anti-doping organisations do not endorse supplement products.
From time to time ASADA also becomes aware of supplement products promoted as ‘ASADA approved’ or ‘ASADA endorsed’. These promotions are false and may lead to serious consequences for athletes.
If an athlete chooses to use supplements, they should weigh up the risks and make an informed decision.
ASADA and WADA are not involved in any certification process regarding supplements and therefore do not certify or endorse manufacturers or their products. ASADA and WADA 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.