Our membership includes big international sport nutrition brands; smaller specialist companies; ingredients’ suppliers; sport nutrition publications; and national associations.

ESSNA was founded in 2003 with the intention of creating a forum for discussion and vehicle for actions on the concerns of the specialist sports nutrition sector in order to secure appropriate and proportionate European legislation on sports nutrition products.

Today, ESSNA is in close dialogue with a wide variety of stakeholders to do this. We work with officials from the European Commission and the European Food Safety Agency, Member States’ Governments, Parliamentarians from the European Parliament and Member State legislatures and other trade bodies and sporting organizations, so that we are best able to represent the views of the specialist sector in a wide range of discussions.

ESSNA also takes the argument for sports nutrition and the reputable brands involved in the industry to TV and radio, the mainstream press and the specialist media, as well as to anti-doping organisations. We work to disassociate responsible brands from those tarnishing the reputation of the sector and so improve perceptions of the industry.  All ESSNA Members sign up to the ESSNA Constitution that insists that they abide by all relevant rules and regulations.




Industry trade association argues sports drinks must be distinguished from energy drinks

9 July, 2018

9 July 2018. Sports drinks containing caffeine and carbohydrates are important for sportspeople and clear distinctions must be made between their properties and those of energy drinks not specifically targeted // Read more »

ESSNA tackles over 400 potentially dangerous products

23 April, 2018

23 April 2018.  The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has tackled 406 cases of non-compliant sports nutrition products, such as those that mislead consumers or include banned doping substances, // Read more »

NutraIngredients and ESSNA announce strategic partnership – including new flagship Sports Nutrition congress

6 December, 2017

6 December 2017. A new collaboration between the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) and William Reed, the publishers of NutraIngredients will bring benefit to the sports nutrition sector, and // Read more »

ESSNA welcomes Membership applications from any company orbody involved in the sports nutrition sector.

Before applying for ESSNA Membership, you may wish to read more about us, what we do and how we can help you by downloading our background pack from here (pdf). This pack also has details of the cost of ESSNA Membership.