The 2002 NPC natural
MID-STATES MUSCLE CLASSIC XV (ROCKFORD IL)
I quote from the hand out!
Testing will be based on steroids, HGH or any illegal drugs to enhance body building and/or physical performance for 36 months prior to competition!!!!
I have competed in several natural federations and all of them have different criteria. Some are also more thorough that others regardless of the criteria. It can also depend on the diligence of the promoter.
It seems there is a shift away from ploygraph toward urinalysis lately.
The downer for the clean competitor is that all of your friends and family saw the other guy get the trophy on stage and you got yours in the mail.
In all my years of competing in natural shows, I only received one letter notifying me that someone had not passed. I would think there would have been more positives. I have heard that they don't like to push the issue because the promoters can't afford to get sued. That brought the AAU down a few years ago when the "winner" of the Mr. America sued the AAU.