By Ask Vest Christiansen and John Gleaves
It has been a while since our last update. While we do not want to tire you with tedious excuses on the long INDR-silence, we can reveal, that one thing that has been on our agenda, is preparing the 2019 INDR conference in Aarhus, Denmark. So, we now have a strong theme and a number of confirmed keynotes ready, that we are confident will excite many INDR members and previous conference delegates.
By Erik Duiven, Olivier de Hon & Laila Spruijt, Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands
The United States effectuated the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994. It set the worldwide governmental standard on how to deal with dietary supplements. Especially notable, it meant that the supplement industry was no longer responsible for the safety and quality of their products. For the less ethically driven part of the industry, this meant they were handed a carte blanche to explore improvements of their dietary supplement business, as long as they were able to keep severe health hazards under the regulating body’s poorly functioning radar. It is thus no surprise that, from that moment on nutritional supplements were often found to have a chemical composition deviating from the ingredient information communicated on the label.
By Kelsey Erickson, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Growing recognition for the magnitude of corruption in international sport has prompted significant interest in exposing and eradicating wrongdoing in sport; in particular, doping. In light of ongoing doping scandals (e.g., Russian doping), individuals are being increasingly encouraged – and expected – to play an active role in deterring the behavior and whistleblowing has emerged as a primary means for achieving this. Commonly defined as “the disclosure by organisation members (former or current) of illegal, immoral, or illegitimate practices under the control of their employers, to persons or organisations that may be able to affect action” (Near & Miceli, 1985: 4), whistleblowing has proven effective for exposing doping (e.g., Yuliya Stepanova/Vitaly Stepanov regarding Russian Athletics).