POSTED: September 26th 2017

Olympics: Two weeks after winning the 2024 Summer Games Paris has anti-doping laboratory suspended

Paris won the right to host the 2024 Summer Games on September 13th © Bigstock
Paris won the right to host the 2024 Summer Games on September 13th © Bigstock

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(SFC) Today the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that they have provisionally suspended the WADA accreditation of the Laboratory of the Agence Française de lutte contre le Dopage (the National Anti-Doping Organization of France) in Châtenay-Malabry, France (Paris Laboratory).

The news comes about two weeks after the City of Lights won the right to host the 2024 Olympic Summer Games and the statement claims the provisional suspension was imposed due to self-reported analytical issues identified to WADA by the laboratory.

This provisional suspension, went into effect on 24 September 2017, and prohibits the Paris Laboratory from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples. The suspension will be in place pending disciplinary proceedings being carried out by an independent Disciplinary Committee, which will be mandated to make a recommendation to the Chair of the WADA Executive Committee regarding the status of the Laboratory's WADA accreditation.

The suspension going into effect will impact samples that have not yet been analyzed by the Paris Laboratory; samples currently undergoing a confirmation procedure; and, any samples for which an Adverse Analytical Finding has been reported; as they now must be securely transported to another WADA-accredited laboratory. 

The transfer of samples must take place in order to ensure continued high quality sample analysis, which also helps preserve athletes' confidence in this process and of the wider anti-doping system.

The International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) holds WADA responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories, in order to ensure that they maintain the highest quality standards. This is done 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).

Keywords · Olympics · WADA · Paris 2024

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