Supplements in sport

Many failed anti-doping tests in Australia are from using supplements.  

Supplement advice for athletes and sports

Our advice is that no supplement is safe to use. As an athlete, you should not risk your career by taking a supplement because many supplements are contaminated with substances prohibited in sport. These may not be listed on ingredient labels.

We do recognise that there may be circumstances where sports dieticians recommend supplements, or where you will take the risk and use supplements. In these circumstances, our advice is to only use supplements that have been screened for prohibited substances by an independent company (also known as ‘batch testing’), such as HASTA or Informed Sport.

Supplements screened by these companies cannot offer a full guarantee that an athlete will not test positive, but they are significantly less risky than other supplements. 

For more information download the free Sport Integrity app on either Google Play or the Apple App Store. The app lists supplements sold on Australian shelves, which have been certified by HASTA or Informed Sport.

It also provides a risk analysis for other supplements you may be considering. The app will also warn you if you have searched for a supplement that we know contains, or lists, a banned ingredient.

To protect your sporting career, it’s important to be aware of the 3 A’s:

  1. (Be) Aware
  2. (Do your) Analysis
  3. (Take steps to) Avoid

Supplement advice for doctors and dieticians

Specific advice for medical practitioners on supplements can be found on the Regulation and anti-doping risk of supplements page.