October 12, 2012
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WADA reinstates Rio Lab accreditation for IRMS testing

WADA has reinstated the accredited laboratory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) anti-doping analysis as of October 4, 2012.

The UFRJ Rio de Janeiro Doping Control laboratory had been suspended from carrying out IRMS testing since January 18, 2012.

During the suspension period, WADA conducted a document audit and compliance testing, and in collaboration with their ISO accrediting body ensured that proper corrective actions had been implemented.

Pursuant to the International Standard for Laboratories, WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories, as well as ensuring that they maintain the highest quality standards.

This monitoring is conducted mainly through WADA’s Proficiency Testing Program and ISO assessment by independent national accreditation bodies.