May 2019

LGC backs third annual UK Anti-Doping Clean Sport Week

LGC, which operates the Informed Sport and Informed Choice programmes, is proud to support UK Anti-Doping’s third annual Clean Sport Week, which launches today.

This year’s campaign, which will again have the support of a range of National Governing Bodies (NGBs), sports organisations and UK sports stars, will celebrate clean athletes and their success, and promote the work of the anti-doping community in the fight for clean sport.

Informed Sport and Informed Choice are global quality assurance programmes for sports nutrition products, suppliers to the sports nutrition industry, and supplement manufacturing facilities.

Ross Austen, Business Development Manager, Sport and Specialised Analytical Services, LGC, said, “We are incredibly proud to support the efforts of UKAD’s Clean Sport Week shining a light on clean athletes and their incredible feats. With the Informed-Sport and Informed-Choice programmes, we are dedicated to helping these athletes make informed decisions about the supplements they take, so they can stay clean.”

The campaign will also have a strong focus on Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs), and particularly the attitudes towards, and motivations for use of, IPEDs in the gym environment. New research is set to be revealed during the week to encourage a wider public debate on the issue. 

Our Informed-Sport programme certifies that every batch of a supplement product and/or raw material that bears the Informed-Sport logo has been tested for banned substances by LGC's world-class sports anti-doping laboratory. Our Informed-Choice programme certifies that a supplement product and/or raw material that bears the Informed-Choice logo has been tested, at least on a monthly basis, for banned substances.

A number of events will take place between 20-26 May to help raise awareness of clean sport and anti-doping programmes led by UKAD, NGBs and sporting bodies across the UK. The campaign will also feature social media videos from a number of UK athletes showing their support for clean sport, through a series called ‘Feat of Strength’.

Nicole Sapstead, UKAD’s Chief Executive, said: “This year’s Clean Sport Week focuses on Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs), particularly in the gym environment.

“Last year’s Clean Sport Week was a huge success and hope this year’s event can drive the debate around IPEDs, as well as celebrate the successes of clean athletes and the excellent work done by National Governing Bodies and sporting partners to keep sport clean.”