Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that, in accordance with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), Sir Craig Reedie, Chairman of WADA’s Executive Committee, has approved lifting the suspension of the accreditation of the Doping Analysis Laboratory in Doha, Qatar. This reinstatement allows the Doha Laboratory to resume all of its anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples, with immediate effect.
The Doha Laboratory, which had its accreditation suspended on 7 November 2016 due to non-conformities with the ISL, has successfully resolved the non-conformities, and has acted on all recommendations that arose from an assessment conducted by the Laboratory Expert Group. As such, on 11 April 2017, the WADA Laboratory Expert Group recommended that the suspension be lifted.
“WADA is pleased to confirm that the Doha Laboratory’s accreditation has been reinstated approximately five months after the laboratory was suspended,” said WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli. “We would like to commend the Laboratory for the cooperation and hard work that led to this reinstatement. We are confident that the laboratory has corrected its deficiencies; and, our Laboratory Expert Group will now continue to monitor the laboratory’s performance to ensure that it operates to the high standards required by WADA,” he added.
Pursuant to the ISL, WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories; thereby, ensuring that they maintain the highest quality standards. Whenever a laboratory does not meet ISL requirements, WADA may decide to suspend or revoke the laboratory’s accreditation. The high number of laboratory suspensions in 2016 and 2017 have been a direct result of the more stringent quality assessment procedures enacted by WADA to ensure laboratories maintain the highest standards.
As stipulated within the ISL, this decision to reinstate the Doha laboratory is communicated to all relevant national public authorities; national accreditation bodies; National Anti-Doping Organizations; National Olympic Committees; International Federations and the International Olympic Committee.
• This media release was originally published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 13 April 2017. To access the original, please click here.