Understanding NSF International Certification

NSF International is the leading accredited third-party certifier of dietary supplements, functional foods and dietary supplement raw ingredients (ANSI-Accredited Product Certification Body – Accreditation #0216). As an independent, not-for-profit public health organization, they operate with the mission to protect and improve global human health. NSF certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods and has a 65-year history of protecting public health, safety and environments worldwide.

Under the NSF certification programs, certified products and systems earn the NSF mark, which is respected by consumers, manufacturers, retailers and regulatory agencies. Deeply rooted in science, NSF is widely recognized as the gold standard for quality in areas such as water systems, food safety and health sciences which includes dietary supplements.

Given the fast pace at which many dietary supplements enter the marketplace and reports that suggest that some of these products do not actually contain the ingredients or quantities shown on the label, consumers have cause to be concerned. With such a confusing array of information out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to finding supplements that you can trust. NSF certified supplements must meet rigorous standards that include comprehensive lab testing and extensive evaluation of the manufacturing process to ensure contaminated substances or hidden ingredients are not added to a product.

The 3 Step System for NSF International Product Certification

When selecting a quality supplement, understanding the type of certification, it’s mark and what it represents is can be a battle. NSF International product certification involves three different steps, each with its own mark for clear visual identification.

In addition to the three steps, NSF recently underwent an update to their mark. To help understand the variations and their meaning, here is an overview for easy reference:

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NSF International GMP Registration

Verifies that the product is manufactured in a facility that is audited up to twice annually for quality and safety in compliance with Dietary Supplements Good Manufacturing Practices. No mark is allowed on product labels.

NSF International Contents Tested & Certified Certification

Once Step 1 is complete, all product contents are tested for quality, safety and label claims. Products are verified to contain no unsafe levels of contaminants. NSF Contents Tested & Certified mark is allowed on product labels.

NSF International Certified for Sport® Certification

Once Steps 1 and 2 are completed, chosen products can be qualified for sport certification. They undergo an intensive testing and review process lot by lot, to ensure they are free from more than 270 banned substances. At this point, The NSF Certified for Sport® mark is allowed on product labels.

At Bodylogix® we have achieved NSF GMP Registration for our facility. Our products are proudly NSF Contents Tested & Certified. For competitive and professional athletes, select performance products are available with NSF Sport® certification. The NSF mark is prominently displayed on the front of our packaging, ensuring quick and simple identification of the certification level.

When you purchase an NSF Contents Tested & Certified product from Bodylogix®, you can trust:

  1. It has been produced in a facility that is GMP registered. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP & cGMP) means honest and accountable manufacturing with regular, and unannounced, on-site inspections of our manufacturing compliance.
  2. Toxicological review of the label has been made to make sure all ingredients are permissible in a dietary supplement and that the amount of each ingredient does not exceed NSF’s established typical use levels.
  3. The product and label have been tested to verify product formulation and label claims. This ensures what’s on the label is the same as what’s in the product and nothing else.
  4. Chemical and contaminant testing is conducted to make sure there are no harmful levels of specific contaminants, pesticides, heavy metals or fraudulent ingredients.
  5. Every product is regularly verified for potency and purity assuring supplement quality. Random re-testing ensures when you purchase a product that claims to be made with quality ingredients, it is. Every single time.

When you purchase an NSF Certified for Sport® product from Bodylogix®, you can trust:

  1. The product is manufactured at a facility that is GMP registered and audited up to two times per year for quality and safety by NSF International to comply with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements.
  2. Toxicological review of the label has been made to make sure all ingredients are permissible in a dietary supplement and that the amount of each ingredient does not exceed NSF’s established typical use levels.
  3. The product and label are tested to verify product formulation and label claims to ensure what’s on the label is what’s in the product and nothing else.
  4. Chemical and contaminant testing is conducted to make sure there are no harmful levels of specific contaminants, pesticides, heavy metals or fraudulent ingredients.
  5. Products are tested lot-by-lot for more than 272 substances which are banned by major athletic organizations and anti-doping associations.

The NSF Certified for Sport® certification program helps athletes, coaches and trainers make more informed decisions when choosing sports supplements. Certified for Sport® is the only independent third-party certification program recognized by MLB, the MLB Players Association, the NHL and the CFL. The MLB, NHL and CFL clubs are only permitted to provide and recommend products that are Certified for Sport®, and players are urged to only use these products. The certification is also recommended by the NFL, PGA, LPGA, CPSDA, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports and Taylor Hooton Foundation.

If you use a dietary supplement that bears the NSF Certified for Sport® mark, you can be confident that its contents were thoroughly tested by one of the most respected certifiers in the world. With so many choices on the market, it pays to be cautious.

Our Belief

When it comes to quality and safety certifications for public health protection, NSF International is the gold standard. In the world of sports nutrition, where not all supplements are created equally, nor are all manufacturers held to the same standards as other industries, we at Bodylogix® voluntarily opted to pursue NSF International’s Contents Tested & Certified and Certified for Sport® product certifications. NSF International product certification is an investment in quality that requires continued maintenance and as well annual facility audits and lot-by-lot testing. If for any reason a product fails to meet one or more certification criteria, NSF will take enforcement actions to protect consumers, including product recall, public notification, or de-certification. This commitment to quality and safety not only protects our Bodylogix® consumers, it’s our core values and the foundation on which every product is created.

Clean. Trust. Performance.

For more information on NSF certification, visit nsf.org.