Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the accreditation of the Doping Analysis Laboratory in Doha, Qatar for a period of four months. The suspension, which took effect on 7 November 2016, prohibits the Laboratory from carrying out any anti-doping activities including all analyses of urine and blood samples. During the period of suspension, samples are required to be transported securely to another WADA-accredited laboratory, ensuring that athletes can have full confidence in continued high quality sample analysis and the wider anti-doping system.
The decision to suspend the laboratory is a direct result of the more stringent quality assessment procedures enacted by WADA to ensure laboratories maintain the highest standards. Pursuant to Article 13.7 of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), the Laboratory may appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days of receipt of notice.
During the period of suspension, the laboratory shall address all non-conformities identified by the Laboratory Expert Group or WADA in any request for corrective action or otherwise, as well as any additional non-conformities identified during any WADA site visit during the suspension period. If the laboratory satisfies the Disciplinary Committee in meeting these requirements, it may apply for reinstatement prior to the expiry of the four month suspension period. Should the laboratory not address the non-conformities by the end of the four-month suspension period, WADA may extend the suspension of the laboratory’s accreditation for an additional six months.
According to the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories, thereby ensuring that they maintain the highest quality standards. This monitoring process is conducted in conjunction with ISO assessment by independent national accreditation bodies that are full members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
Whenever a laboratory does not meet ISL requirements, WADA may suspend the laboratory’s accreditation (see decision below).
Decision of the Chairman of the WADA Executive Committee:
• This media release was originally published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 14 November 2016. To access the original, please click here.