July 21, 2009
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Bucharest Laboratory Becomes Thirty Fifth WADA Accredited Laboratory

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Executive Committee approved the accreditation of a new laboratory for anti-doping analysis in Bucharest, Romania.

The Romanian laboratory successfully completed the requirements of WADA’s accreditation process, which started in early 2008. The objective of this accreditation process is to ensure that candidate laboratories meet the highest quality standards. This includes site visits, participation in WADA’s External Quality Assessment Scheme monitored by the Agency’s Laboratory Working Committee, and ISO assessment by independent accreditation bodies.

The Bucharest laboratory thus becomes the 35th laboratory in the world currently accredited by WADA.

“We are pleased to welcome the Bucharest laboratory to the network of WADA accredited laboratories,” said WADA’s President John Fahey. “This laboratory will play an important role by fulfilling the needs for anti-doping analysis capacities in a region that was not previously serviced.”

The anti-doping laboratory in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is currently in the final stage of the WADA laboratory accreditation process. In addition, in May of this year, WADA’s Executive Committee accepted three additional laboratories as potential candidates, respectively in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Doha, Qatar; and Mexico City. These laboratories should enter WADA’s probationary accreditation process later this year or next year.

Click here for the list of WADA accredited laboratories.