Current Status of Legislation on Dietary Products for Sportspeople in a European Framework

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Title: Current Status of Legislation on Dietary Products for Sportspeople in a European Framework
Authors: Martínez Sanz, José Miguel | Sospedra, Isabel | Baladia, Eduard | Arranz, Laura | Ortiz-Moncada, Rocío | Gil-Izquierdo, Ángel
Research Group/s: Grupo de Investigación en Alimentación y Nutrición (ALINUT) | Salud Pública
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Food legislation | Health claims | Nutritional ergogenic aids
Knowledge Area: Enfermería | Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Issue Date: 8-Nov-2017
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Martínez-Sanz JM, Sospedra I, Baladía E, Arranz L, Ortiz-Moncada R, Gil-Izquierdo A. Current Status of Legislation on Dietary Products for Sportspeople in a European Framework. Nutrients. 2017; 9(11):1225. doi:10.3390/nu9111225
Abstract: The consumption of nutritional ergogenic aids is conditioned by laws/regulations, but standards/regulations vary between countries. The aim of this review is to explore legislative documents that regulate the use of nutritional ergogenic aids intended for sportspeople in a Spanish/European framework. A narrative review has been developed from official websites of Spanish (Spanish Agency of the Consumer, Food Safety, and Nutrition) and European (European Commission and European Food Safety Authority) bodies. A descriptive analysis of documents was performed. Eighteen legislative documents have been compiled in three sections: (1) Advertising of any type of food and/or product; (2) Composition, labeling, and advertising of foods; (3) Nutritional ergogenic aids. In spite of the existence of these legal documents, the regulation lacks guidance on the use/application of nutritional ergogenic aids for sportspeople. It is essential to prevent the introduction or dissemination of false, ambiguous, or inexact information and contents that induce an error in the receivers of the information. In this field, it is worth highlighting the roles of the European Food Safety Authority and the World Anti-Doping Agency, which provide information about consumer guidelines, prescribing practices, and recommendations for the prudent use of nutritional ergogenic aids.
Sponsor: This work has been partially funded by the “Fundación Séneca de la Región de Murcia” Grupo de Excelencia 19900/GERM/15.
ISSN: 2072-6643
DOI: 10.3390/nu9111225
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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