INFORMED-CHOICE is a certification program for sports supplements, ingredients and manufacturing facilities, which assures athletes that products carrying the INFORMED-CHOICE mark have been regularly tested for substances considered prohibited in sport. In addition, INFORMED-CHOICE also ensures that products have been manufactured to high quality standards. Responsible supplement companies have made INFORMED-CHOICE part of their existing quality assurance systems to ensure their products are safer for athletes to use.
Research has shown that some supplement products have been found to be contaminated with low levels of substances that are prohibited by WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) and other sporting bodies. The INFORMED-CHOICE program aims to work closely with supplement manufacturers and suppliers by reviewing the quality systems they have in place at the manufacturing facility and by providing high quality analytical testing for products/ ingredients to minimize the incidence of banned contaminants finding their way into sport. It also aims to provide athletes with an effective risk management service so that they can choose products that have undergone additional quality control testing as required in elite sport.
The INFORMED-CHOICE certification program was established in 2007 by one of the world's leading sports doping control laboratories, HFL Sport Science. Although HFL has been testing supplements since 2002, it became clear that there was a need for a comprehensive certification program which not only tested products for banned substances, but that also ensured that products were manufactured in accordance with good manufacturing practices.