Points to Need for Greater Quality Control
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Under the Olympic Movement's rule of strict liability, athletes are responsible for whatever substance is found in their bodies.
The IOC Medical Commission has been warning against the potential risks linked to the use of nutritional supplements since 1997. The lack of oversight existing in some countries has prompted the IOC to intervene and to recommend to athletes not to take such products.
While the IOC has issued its warnings to elite athletes and their entourages, especially due to their liability under doping control tests, the fact that the public is unknowingly ingesting the precursors to hormones should be a matter of public health concern.
The IOC hopes the results of this study demonstrate to governments and the industry the need for greater quality control to ensure substances not found on the label are not found in the product. The IOC Medical Commission recommends controls, similar to those pertaining to the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, be applied to the production of nutritional supplements.
The IOC also will recommend to National Olympic Committees
(NOCs), International Federations (IFs) and Organizing Committees
(OCOGs) that they adopt a cautious stance toward forming relationships
with companies that produce nutritional supplements of which
the quality cannot be guaranteed.