Our membership includes big international sport nutrition brands; smaller specialist companies; ingredients’ suppliers; 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 Code of Practice that insists that they abide by all relevant rules and regulations.

This also allows our Members to use the ESSNA kitemark, which helps the public identify sports nutrition products belonging to Members and is intended to act as a guide that can help consumers differentiate between products that may be misleading them and/or breaking the law, and those that come from Members of ESSNA who have signed up to its Code of Practice. This trademark has been approved by the European Union Intellectual Property Office and is strictly reserved for use by ESSNA Members only.

European Sports Nutrition trade association welcomes its newest member – Healthspan Elite

6 February, 2020

ESSNA is steadily growing welcoming its newest member to the family, Healthspan Elite, a leading sports nutrition retailer. Healthspan was founded in 1996 by Derek Coates, subsequently growing into the // Read more »

New Norwegian legislation on supplements will undercut EU single market, warns ESSNA

23 December, 2019

New Norwegian rules on the addition of vitamins and minerals and other substances to food and food supplements will compromise the functioning of the EU single market, warns ESSNA. Set // Read more »

Winners of the defining awards ceremony of the sports nutrition industry: ESSNawards 2019

11 December, 2019

On 6th December 2019 at the Kia Oval in London, the biggest and best from the sports nutrition industry across Europe gathered to celebrate the sector’s expansion and prosperity at // Read more »

ESSNA welcomes Membership applications from any company or body 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.

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