Supplement Piracetam may contain banned stimulant

(Ottawa, Ontario – December 8, 2017) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) would like to advise athletes, support personnel and the sport community that the supplement Piracetam (specifically in capsule form) purchased from Nootropics City may be contaminated with the banned stimulant Adrafinil. The CCES is strongly urging any athletes who may be consuming the supplement Piracetam to cease doing so immediately.

Adrafinil is listed on the 2017 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List as a stimulant, prohibited in-competition. Adrafinil is a non-specified substance, therefore athletes face the possibility of a sanction of up to four years if Adrafinil is found to be present in their urine sample.

The CCES would also like to remind athletes of the fundamental anti-doping principle of strict liability. Under the rules of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) and the World Anti-Doping Code, the athlete is responsible for any substance found in his or her sample.

Supplement labels cannot be entirely trusted. Some manufacturers produce supplements that contain banned substances that are NOT listed on the label, either deliberately or due to contamination. The CCES has issued many warnings about supplements over the years and would like to once again remind athletes who choose to use supplements to exercise the utmost caution when considering consumption, and evaluate carefully the source and purpose of their products.

The CCES strongly recommends that athletes do not use supplements because of the risk of a positive test. If you have determined that supplement use is worth the risk, minimize your risk by looking for the NSF Certified for Sport mark on the label of a supplement to be consumed. You can consult the full list of certified products at www.nsfsport.com.

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The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is an independent, national, not-for-profit organization. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. The CCES acknowledges funding, in part, from the Government of Canada. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.

For further information, please contact:
Megan Cumming
Manager, Corporate Communications
+1 613-521-3340 x3233
mcumming@cces.ca