Roam Protein is HASTA Certified. What does that mean?

You may have noticed the round ‘HASTA Certified’ seal on the
back of the pouches of Roam Protein. But what is HASTA and what does its
certification mean?

HASTA Certified Roam Protein NZ and Australia

Who is HASTA and what does it do?

HASTA (Human and Supplement Testing Australia) is an
Australian sports supplement drug testing specialist. It is a division of
Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL), the largest independent sports drug testing laboratory in Australia.

HASTA is accredited to test sports supplements for over 250 substances that are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). HASTA also has a certification scheme for sports supplement brands, such as Roam.

How does HASTA Certify Roam Protein?

HASTA Certification involves more than just testing, it’s a partnership between Roam Protein and HASTA.  HASTA has reviewed our formulations and our manufacturing quality controls, in addition to doing a series of verification tests, before certifying our protein powders.

Once a product is HASTA Certified, it’s a requirement to test every batch that we manufacture.

Only HASTA Certified products can have the HASTA Certified seal on pack, making it easier for athletes to identify tested products, that are safer for them to use.

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Why is 'HASTA Certified' Important?

The HASTA Certified seal is particularly valuable for sports professionals and elite athletes, who are subject to testing for prohibited substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

Elite athletes are a small subset of the population that use protein powder. The HASTA Certified seal also reassures consumers that each batch has been tested, indicating an exceptionally low risk of the supplement being contaminated.

Banned substances and contaminated supplements

So what substances does HASTA test for?

  • S1 Anabolic agents
  • S2 Peptide hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics
  • S3 Beta-2 agonists
  • S4 Hormone & metabolic modulators
  • S5 Diuretics and masking agents
  • S6 Stimulants
  • S7 Narcotics
  • S8 Cannabinoids
  • P2 Beta-blockers
What substances does HASTA test for? Roam NZ

Nutritional supplements like protein powder seem pretty clean in New Zealand and Australia. Is the risk of contamination really that high?

HASTA looked into this, by testing a variety of supplement products available in the Australian market. It purchased these supplements from a variety of physical and e-retailers. These products included protein powders.

HASTA tested the supplements for prohibited substances. Of those samples:

  • 16% were found to contain WADA banned substances.
  • 10% were positive for contamination with one or more stimulants
  • 6% were positive for one or more steroids

The most common formulation for contamination was powdered supplements, followed by capsules.

You can find the complete survey and results summary here.

Running Roam NZ

World Anti-Doping Agency

So does HASTA Certified mean WADA-approved?

No. The World Anti-Doping Agency does not certify or endorse supplements.

What is on the WADA prohibited substances list?

You can the current list of prohibited substances on the WADA website here. The list is updated yearly.

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Over 22 grams of protein per serve. Vegan. HASTA Certified.
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