Laboratories

ACCREDITED LABORATORIES

Laboratories that wish to perform the analysis of doping controls for sports under the World Anti-Doping Code must achieve and maintain accreditation from WADA.  The International Standard for Laboratories ISL and its related technical documents specify the criteria that must be met for accreditation and re-accreditation, as well as standards that must be met for the production of valid test results and evidentiary data.

APPROVED LABORATORIES

To fully serve the development of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), particularly in regions where the current network of WADA-accredited laboratories may be limited, WADA has approved these laboratories to conduct blood analyses in support of the APB.

Technical Documents

WADA publishes, from time to time, specific technical recommendations, addressing particular operational areas of the accredited laboratories, in a Technical Document.

The Technical Documents constitute level-2 elements of the World Anti-Doping Program, and therefore implementation of the technical recommendations described in them is mandatory and must occur by the effective date specified in the Technical Document.

Technical Documents supersede any previous publication on a similar topic, or if applicable, the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL). The document in effect is the Technical Document whose effective date most recently precedes that of sample receipt date by the laboratory.

Technical Documents In Effect

Technical Document
In force
(in alphabetical order)
Summary of modifications Effective Date*
TD2017 BAR   1 Jan. 2017
TD2017 CG/LH TD2017 CG/LH - Summary Modifications 1 Sep. 2017
TD2017 DL Version 2 TD2017 DL Version 2 - Summary of Modifications 1 Sep.  2017
TD2016 EAAS TD2016 EAAS - Summary of Modifications 1 Jan. 2016
TD2014 EPO TD2014 EPO - Summary of Modifications 1 Sep. 2014
TD2015 GH   1 Sep. 2015
TD2015 IDCR TD2015 IDCR - Summary of Modifications 1 Sep. 2015
TD2016 IRMS TD2016 IRMS - Summary of Modifications 1 Jan. 2016
TD2009 LCOC   1 Jan. 2009
TD2017 LDOC
Version 2
TD2017 LDOC Version 2 - Summary of Modifications 15 Nov. 2017
TD2017 MRPL TD2017 MRPL - Summary of Modifications 1 Sep. 2017
TD2017 NA TD2017 NA - Summary of Modifications 1 Sep. 2017

* Deadline for implementation

Recently Approved** Versions of Technical Documents:

Technical Document
(in alphabetical order)
Approval Date Effective Date**
15 Nov. 2017 1 Mar. 2018
15 Nov. 2017 1 Mar. 2018
15 Nov. 2017 1 Jan. 2018

** As per the International Standards for Laboratories, Technical Documents are posted on WADA’s website when approved by the WADA Executive Committee and may be applied prior to the effective date for implementation. The newly approved Technical Document replaces the previous effective version and becomes the mandatory version for all stakeholders by its effective date, which represents the deadline for its mandatory implementation.

GUIDELINES

WADA publishes guidelines relating to doping control activities.

In cooperation with WADA, the International Anti-Doping Agreement (IADA) has also developed guidelines for Anti-Doping Organizations that have already obtained an ISO certification or that wish to be ISO-certified. These are: Guidelines for Transition and Guidelines for Certification.

As with all guidelines under the World Anti-Doping Program, these documents are subject to ongoing review and reassessment.

WADA encourages feedback on the content of the Guidelines, and recommends that stakeholders always consult this Web site for the latest version.

Laboratory Guidelines currently in force:

LABORATORY TESTING FIGURES

In accordance with Article 14.5 of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), WADA, acting as a central clearinghouse for Doping Control data, annually publishes statistical reports as reported by the WADA accredited laboratories in the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).

The latest WADA Anti-Doping Testing Figures Report can be accessed here

For a more complete overview of the Testing Figures, please consult the comprehensive Questions and Answers document.

LABORATORY ASSESSORS

Collaboration between WADA and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) provides an important opportunity to conduct the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) assessment concurrently with the ISO/IEC 17025 assessment for the WADA accredited anti-doping laboratories.

The List of ISL Assessors contains the names of the assessors from ILAC-member accreditation bodies trained by WADA for
the ISL assessment.