November 26, 2004
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WADA reaccredits Seoul lab for steroid analysis

Montreal, November 26, 2004 - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today that it has granted full reaccreditation to the anti-doping laboratory in Seoul, South Korea.

In April 2004, the laboratory was suspended from carrying out steroid analysis for a period of six months, following unsatisfactory performances and non-compliance with WADA’s International Standards for Laboratories.

Since then, the laboratory, in cooperation with the South Korean government, has taken corrective actions. New material has been purchased and additional staff have been hired. The laboratory has also successfully passed all tests posed by WADA to confirm that the required improvements had taken place. As a result, WADA has reaccredited the laboratory for steroid analysis.

“We are very pleased to welcome back the Seoul lab in our group of fully accredited labs,” said Richard W. Pound, WADA’s president. “We must take every measure to ensure that all steps in the doping control process meet our rigorous standards, and the Seoul laboratory has now shown its capacity to meet these requirements. High standards are crucial to maintain athlete and public confidence in sample analysis.”

To date, 33 laboratories have been accredited by WADA throughout the world.