POSTED: June 20th 2017

Olympics: WADA announces the UCLA anti-doping lab has been partially suspended

The UCLA campus where the lab is located is slated to be the Olympic Village should Los Angeles host the 2024 Games © Bigstock
The UCLA campus where the lab is located is slated to be the Olympic Village should Los Angeles host the 2024 Games © Bigstock

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today that it has partially suspended its accreditation of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory (UCLA Laboratory) as it relates to analysis of specific prohibited substances, effective 14 June 2017.

Currently Los Angeles is bidding against Paris to host the 2024 Games and has targeted UCLA as the Olympic Village and is under pressure to ensure that the laboratory is in compliance with WADA.

On June 14th an independent WADA Disciplinary Committee, upon advice by WADA's Laboratory Expert Group (LabEG), delivered its recommendation to the Chair of the WADA Executive Committee and it was accepted. The laboratory was notified on June 16th and may now appeal the Decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days of receipt of notice.

The suspension was based on WADA's quality assessment procedures that identified non-conformities with best practice and will be for three months.

The lab however, will continue processing its regular anti-doping activities, but they must obtain a second opinion from another WADA-accredited laboratory before they report any Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for the glucocorticoids 'prednisolone' and 'prednisone'; and, the anabolic steroids 'boldenone' and 'boldione'.  

Soon WADA will conduct a site visit to the UCLA laboratory within a timeframe that reasonably allows them to finalize implementation of all remedial actions.

The International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) holds WADA responsible for the accreditation and re-accreditation of the anti-doping laboratories and for ensuring that they meet the highest quality standards.

The monitoring procedure is carried out in conjunction with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) assessment by independent national accreditation bodies that are full members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

Therefore WADA may suspend a laboratory when it doesn't meet ISL requirements.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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