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 action 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 organisations, 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.

ESSNA paves the way for industry’s sustainability transition

5 May, 2022

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has today launched its “Sustainability pledge: Lifting the planet”, taking a leading role in accelerating the industry’s transition to sustainability. The initiative sets // Read more »

ESSNA explains the regulatory challenges for the industry at Vitafoods event

4 May, 2022

On 21 April ESSNA Vice-Chair Claudia Mucciardi participated at the Vitafoods Insights Monthly Thematic Panel Discussion. Together with other experts from the industry, Claudia explored the latest sports nutrition market // Read more »

ESSNA discusses CBD and elite sports in Vitafoods podcast

4 May, 2022

On 14 April ESSNA Vice Chair Terence O’Rorke gave an interview for the Vitafoods podcast on CBD. Terence presented ESSNA’s position on CBD in sports nutrition and discussed the issue of inadvertent // 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 flyer here (pdf). Do please contact the Secretariat for more information at [email protected]

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