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Br J Sports Med. 2007 November; 41(11): 805.
PMCID: PMC2465279


This paper highlights the issues arising from the use of nutritional supplements in relation to doping control. The authors draw attention to the risks associated with the use of untested supplements for athletes that can be subjected to doping control. In addition, they describe a quality system set up in The Netherlands to supply athletes with information about ‘low‐risk' dietary supplements. They also demonstrate the necessity for laboratory‐based testing in addition to the HACCP procedures that are of utmost importance in ensuring the quality athletes expect. However, as stated in the article, additional efforts by governments, the industry and anti‐doping organisations have to be made to reduce (un)intentional malpractice in the supplement industry.

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