TESTING & CERTIFICATION
Q Why should look for a tested product if I only buy from reputable brands?
A Even reputable brands can have issues with inadvertent contamination of products, so if the product hasn’t been specifically tested for WADA banned substances you could be at risk.
Q What does the HASTA Certification seal mean?
A Certifying a product involves not just testing, but verification of the manufacturing quality controls that are in place. If a product has the “HASTA Certified” seal on pack, it means that every batch has been tested for over 200 WADA prohibited substances. It is designed to give competing athletes in particular, confidence in choosing a supplement, knowing that it has the added assurance of being testing for inadvertent contamination with banned substances.
Q What does “batch testing” mean?
Q How is Certification different from batch testing?
Q If the product is Certified by HASTA does that guarantee that it is drug free?
A No testing can ever guarantee that a batch is completely free from contamination, but purchasing a HASTA Certified product significantly reduces the risk
Q What is the difference between HASTA testing and the manufacturer telling me that they test the product themselves?
A Detection of drugs down to parts per billion levels is a specialised area requiring specialised equipment. HASTA has over 20 years’ experience in drug detection and is NATA accredited to
ISO 17025, the international standard for laboratories. HASTA’s results are fully independent.
Q Will showing I use a Certified product get me out of a ban if I receive an anti-doping violation from ASADA/WADA?
A The 2015 WADA Code has a “Reduction in the Period of Ineligibility” clause that may apply in the case of contaminated supplements (Clause 10.5.1.2 Contaminated Products); however, it does require that the athlete can establish “No Significant Fault or Negligence” so only using Certified products could assist with providing this defence.