Companies can apply to have finished products certified with Informed Choice. The program allows companies to carry the Informed Choice logo on their certififed products to provide consumer and athletes alike that their product is regularly tested for substances prohibited in sport.
See below for details of the certification process. Manufacturing sites/raw material handling facilities may also be registered with Informed Choice. See the Site Certification Process tab for more detail.
Certification of a finished product/ingredient with Informed Choice involves 3 stages:
Stage 1: Product/Ingredient Assessment Review
A full review of the quality systems in place at manufacturing facility is undertaken.
- Product/Ingredient Evaluation
- Raw Material (RM) Evaluation at Each Production/Packing Site
- Raw Material Supplier Assessment Procedures
- Certificate and SOP Review for all Production/Packing/Storage Areas
- Label Claim, Purity and Contaminant Testing Review
- Third Party Manufacturer (TPM)
Stage 2: Pre-Certification Sample Testing
Before a product/ingredient can be certified with Informed Choice, at least three pre-certification samples of the product must be tested using LGC's prohibited substances supplement screen. These samples must not show evidence for contamination with prohibited substances.
The samples will be taken from across at least 3 production runs/batches. This testing will be carried out in parallel with the Product/Ingredient Assessment (Stage 1). Analysis time is typically 7 - 10 working days from receipt at the lab, and results will be reported to the prospective member via a Certificate of Analysis.
Stage 3: Post-Certification Requirements
Once Stages 1 and 2 are complete, and the requirements of Informed Choice have been met, the product will be accepted for certification with Informed Choice. A license agreement will be issued, which enables the new member company to use the Informed Choice logo on the registered product. The registered product will be listed on the Informed Choice website. This includes detailed information of all batches that have been tested. A link to the member company's website is also added.
- Skip Lot Testing – The skip lot testing program LGC purchases a registered product at retail and tests it every month.