POSTED: August 9th 2013

Three years out to 2016 WADA suspends Rio doping control laboratory

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) has announced that they have suspended the official accreditation of the Rio de Janeiro Laboratory just days after the three year out anniversary. These will be the first South American summer Olympics.

The suspension of the LAB DOP – LADETEC / IQ – UFRJ Doping Control Laboratory (LADETEC) in host city Rio became effective yesterday and prohibits the laboratory from carrying out any WADA-related testing.

According to the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) it is WADA’s responsibility to monitor the accreditations of their laboratories in order to maintain high quality standards and accuracy on testing.

The control process is held in conjunction with ISO assessment by independent national accreditation bodies that are full members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

So when a laboratory fails to meet the requirements for WADA has the power to suspend the accreditation.

LADETEC has 21 days to appeal the suspension through the Court of Arbitration for Sport of starting when they receive the actual notice.

WADA’s Executive Committee will then consequently make a decision if they decide to revoke the accreditation in due course.

Keywords · WADA · Rio 2016 · anti-doping

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