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WADA suspends accreditation of Bucharest laboratory
 
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WADA SUSPENDS ACCREDITATION OF BUCHAREST LABORATORY

Montreal, 15 February 2018 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces the suspension of its accreditation of the Bucharest laboratory in Romania for a period of six months.
 
This suspension was imposed due to a number of non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), which on 29 November 2017, resulted in the laboratory being provisionally suspended. Since that date, disciplinary proceedings were carried out by an independent disciplinary committee mandated to make a recommendation to the Chair of the WADA Executive Committee regarding the status of the laboratory’s accreditation.
 
The suspension, which is backdated from the point of the provisional suspension, prohibits the Bucharest laboratory from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples.
 
During the period of suspension, samples that have not yet been analyzed by the Bucharest laboratory, samples currently undergoing a confirmation procedure and any samples for which a confirmation procedure (A and/or B) is required, must be securely transported to a WADA-accredited laboratory. This is in order to ensure continued high-quality sample analysis, which also helps preserve athletes’ confidence in this process and the wider anti-doping system.
 
Under the terms of Article 13.7 of the World Anti-Doping Code, the laboratory may appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days of receipt of notice.
 
The laboratory shall now address all non-conformities identified by the Laboratory Expert Group and 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 six-month suspension period. However, should the laboratory not address them by the end of the six-month suspension period, WADA may extend the suspension of the laboratory’s accreditation for an additional six months.
 
According to the ISL, WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories, thereby ensuring that they maintain the highest standards. This monitoring process is conducted in conjunction with International Organization for Standardization assessment by independent national accreditation bodies that are full members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation.

 
 

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James Fitzgerald
Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Phone: + 1-514-904-8225
E-mail: media@wada-ama.org

Maggie Durand
Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Phone: + 1-514-904-8225
E-mail: media@wada-ama.org
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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international independent organization created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms. The Agency is composed and funded equally by the sports movement and governments of the world. Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code - the document harmonizing regulations regarding anti-doping in all sports and all countries.


 


 
 
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