The European Specialist Sport Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is the trade association representing the interests of the sport nutrition sector across the European Union. Our members are big international companies, smaller specialist brands, suppliers of ingredients, sport nutrition publications, as well as national associations.

ESSNA was created in 2003 to campaign for appropriate European legislation on sports nutrition products.  Today ESSNA is a mature and respected organisation, widely recognised by legislators and the mainstream media as the voice of the responsible specialist sports nutrition sector in Europe.

ESSNA’s mission

  • To ensure the development of an appropriate and balanced regulatory framework for the marketing of sport nutrition products
  • To inform Members of legislative developments and provide regulatory advice to ensure compliance
  • To promote reputable sport nutrition brands in the media
  • To address the issue of non-compliant products tarnishing the reputation of the sector
  • To promote initiatives and campaigns to inform consumers of the benefits of regular physical activity, healthier diets and responsible use of sport nutrition products.
  • To support continued independent scientific research into sport nutrition and into issues relating to quality and safety;

ESSNA cooperates actively with the European Union institutions and Agencies, national governments, trade bodies, consumer organisations and leading scientists to ensure the fulfilment of its missions. We also work closely with the media to defend the reputation of the market across the continent, and to promote positive messages about responsible sport nutrition products.

ESSNA’s Officers

The Officers define ESSNA’s vision, policies and priorities taking into account advice from the Secretariat and according to an action plan agreed by the membership. It also supervises ESSNA’s day to day activities.

Chair

Dr Adam Carey, Corperformance

Vice Chairs

Mark Gilbert, Tropicana Health and Fitness Limited

Claudia Mucciardi, Glanbia Nutritionals (UK)

Luca Bucchini, Vitamin Centre

Ross Austen, LGC

Wider Membership

ESSNA holds full meetings four to five times a year. All Members must approve the annual accounts, adopt the action plan and establish internal rules of procedure. A full list of ESSNA’s members can be found here.

All ESSNA’s members abide by its Code of Practice, which can be accessed here.

ESSNA’s Secretariat

ESSNA’s Secretariat provides policy and regulatory advice to the organisation on all issues affecting the sport nutrition sector. It drafts a report of outlining main developments and actions in advance of each Members meeting.

The Secretariat is also responsible for delivering ESSNA’s day to day activity. It maintains close contacts with key policy makers, regulatory authorities and the media.

The Permanent Secretariat comprises of:

Chris Whitehouse

Viviana Spaghetti

Mayar Raouf

Andrea Solana

Ana Rotaru

Laura Conti

Legislation

Useful links

European Parliament

Council of the European Union

Portugal: Ministry of Health

Spain: Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare & Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition

Protein Watch

Protein labelling roadmap and guidance

In addition, ESSNA has taken steps to help guide its Members away from inadvertent spiking. ESSNA has developed a roadmap advising members on how to label the protein content in their products, in particular when some ingredients containing non-protein nitrogen are present in the products (which is often legitimately the case for sports nutrition products).

Our guidance includes an additional voluntary declaration – in close proximity but not within the nutrition information table – regarding the ingredients that have been used to calculate protein.

This was necessary because, unless the definition of protein in the FIC is changed, food business operators are meant to include all nitrogen containing ingredients into the calculation and therefore declaration of protein. Our guidance document can be found HERE.