Anti-doping agencies call for supplement database

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Scrutiny of supplements used in sport will continue to grow in the
lead up to the Olympics, with a recent meeting of stakeholders
agreeing to renew communication on the risk of supplement

The two-day symposium held in Montreal, Canada, which brought together anti-doping organisations, medical and scientific professionals, industry and governments, also called for a global database on supplements to be set up to provide access to the latest information on different products.

There was also agreement among participants for a product testing and certification programme of supplements, which could be supported by the industry.

Industry representatives agreed that industry must look at self-regulation programmes - to include third party, independent auditing and monitoring - to improve quality, minimise contamination and provide accurate labelling.

The experts also said there needed to be coordinated research to identify what supplements are being used and abused by athletes and why.

The recommendations are likely to be followed up at a symposium later this year, to involve experts from other regions around the world.

The complete list of proposed actions from the symposium can be found on the World Anti-Doping Agency's website​.

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