WADA Suspends Bogota’s Laboratory accreditation from Anti-Doping Analyses
WADA has suspended the accredited laboratory in Bogota, Colombia, from carrying out anti-doping analyses for six months. The suspension is in effect as of April 12, 2010. During the suspension period, this laboratory will not be permitted to analyze anti-doping samples. The laboratory may appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days of notice.
Pursuant to the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories, thereby ensuring that they maintain the highest quality standards. This monitoring is conducted in conjunction with ISO assessment by independent national accreditation bodies that are full members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). Whenever a laboratory does not meet ISL requirements, WADA may suspend the laboratory’s accreditation.
WADA became aware that the Bogota laboratory had received its ISO accreditation by an accreditation body that is not a full ILAC member and has therefore been in breach of a mandatory ISL rule.
WADA may reinstate the Bogota laboratory if, before the end of the suspension period, the laboratory provides WADA with documentation establishing that their ISO accreditation was granted by an accreditation body that is a full ILAC member. Otherwise, WADA will re-evaluate the status of the laboratory at the end of the suspension period.