6 December 2018
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WADA publishes revised International Standard for Testing and Investigations

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce publication of a revised International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI), which was approved by WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) on 14 November 2018 and enters into force on 1 March 2019.

There are two main areas of amendment to the ISTI, which are as follows:

  1. Article 6.3.4 - Sample Collection Equipment

Following the issues that the anti-doping community faced earlier this year with sample collection equipment, WADA appointed a small ad-hoc working group to propose enhanced criteria within the ISTI for sample collection equipment. The proposed criteria were first circulated to WADA stakeholders in June 2018 as part of the first phase of the review process for the International Standards connected to the 2021 Code Review Process; and, further refinements were made as a result.

Anti-Doping Organizations remain responsible for ensuring that the equipment they use meets the required criteria contained within Article 6.3.4 of the ISTI.

  1. Annex L - Results Management Requirements and Procedures for the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP)

Following a legal review of the procedures for the ABP; a revised Technical Document for Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids; and, development of a new Technical Document for Athlete Passport Management Units, a number of amendments were made to Annex L - Results Management Requirements and Procedures for the ABP

We are pleased to provide the redline and clean versions of the revised ISTI; and, would ask you to note that the revised version will be circulated to stakeholders as part of the second review phase of the International Standards that will be carried out from 10 December 2018 to March 2019. Thereafter, another revised version will be submitted for WADA ExCo approval at the World Conference on Doping in Sport, which will be held in Katowice, Poland in November 2019; after which, the revised 2021 Code and Standards will take effect on 1 January 2021.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Wendy.Butts@wada-ama.org.