The Importance of Banned Substance Testing

We regularly read news stories of an athlete getting suspended due to testing positive for a banned substance. Numerous times, the athlete had taken supplements that were inadvertently contaminated. Based on our surveys and testing, 10-15% of supplements on the market may suffer from low levels of contamination. The danger of contaminated supplements affects not just athletes, but all supplement users. Many banned substances can have adverse health effects once ingested and/or could lead to death.

LGC Supplements Forum

LGC recently organized a Supplements Forum for key stakeholders and customers at the London Rowing Club. During the forum, we were able to provide details regarding the Informed Choice and Informed Sport brand updates, future white papers and more! Events such as this perfectly align with our mission of educating industry professionals on the importance supplement testing and having a reputable third-party testing and certification program.

A New Look for Informed Choice

New Informed Choice Logo


LGC and the entire Informed Choice team is proud to officially unveil the new look for our Informed Choice program. Over the past year, our team has performed heavy market research to see exactly what our customers want and need from the Informed Choice certification program. To coincide with this, we invested resources to advance testing technology and to increase our marketing presence.

STATEMENT: Protein Lab abuse of Informed-Choice logo

It has come to the attention of LGC that sports nutrition brand The Protein Lab has used the Informed-Choice logo on products that are not certified.

LGC can confirm that The Protein Lab does not have any products certified on the Informed-Choice program. Actions have been put in place by LGC to address this logo misuse, and The Protein Lab has been instructed to immediately cease retailing products wrongfully carrying the Informed-Choice logo.

4Excelsior attains the Informed-Choice international supplement manufacturing certification

4Excelsior, a contact manufacturer of dietary supplements and sports nutrition products attains the international sports nutrition manufacturing certification Informed-Choice, to provide additional quality assurance to supplement brands looking to manufacturing sports nutritional products.

Informed-Choice Launches New Website

LGC’s global quality assurance programme Informed-Choice is pleased to announce the launch of its new and fully-featured website The new site has enhanced search features and extensive content that will serve as a vital resource for athletes and consumers.

Informed-Choice's new website is designed to assist athletes, exercise enthusiasts and armed forces members in selecting sports supplements that have been screened for substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).  

LGC warning for AMP Citrate, the latest risk to professional sport

20 October 2014, Teddington, UK - LGC is monitoring for the presence of AMP Citrate in sports supplements products as the prohibited compound looks set to become the next significant risk to athletes in elite sport.

AMP Citrate – also known as DMBA – is a pre-workout ingredient that has already been identified in a number of sports nutrition products.

It poses a risk to athletes failing an anti-doping test because it has a similar chemical structure to prohibited substance DMAA (methylhexanamine, 1,3-dimethylamylamine).