5 December 2019

WADA launches Stakeholder consultation phase for the 2021 International Standard for Laboratories, version 11.0

On 26 November 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and International Standards (Standards). These documents were approved by the Agency’s Executive Committee (ExCo) and Foundation Board (Board), respectively, during WADA’s World Conference on Doping in Sport that was held from 5-7 November 2019; and, they will come into force on 1 January 2021.
As previously communicated, as it relates to the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), the situation is slightly different. Following the World Conference, WADA reviewed the ISL v. 10.0 that was approved by the ExCo in May 2019 to incorporate any relevant modifications; and, in particular, to ensure consistency with the other documents that were approved during the World Conference.
Accordingly, today, WADA launches a Stakeholder Consultation Phase for the 2021 ISL, v. 11.0. The Agency outlines below the main modifications between the current 2019 ISL v. 10.0 and the future 2021 ISL v. 11.0; and, encourages Stakeholders to provide comments by 1 March 2020.

  1. Updated definitions in Section 3.0;
  2. Reorganized Section 5.0 - Analysis of Samples;
  3. Footnotes that were transferred into the text as comments;
  4. An explanation regarding Laboratory testing for non-Code Signatories, which is provided in Annex A – Code of Ethics; and
  5. Creation of a new Annex B - Testing for Major Events. 

Following the consultation phase, WADA will consider the comments received and will submit the revised version for approval to WADA’s May 2020 ExCo meeting for entry into force on 1 January 2021, alongside the revised Code and the other Standards.
To Submit Feedback 
The 2021 ISL, v. 11.0 can be accessed via WADAConnect, the Agency’s online consultation platform. As indicated above, we would ask you to provide comments no later than 1 March 2020 via WADAConnect. Easy to use, WADAConnect will prompt you to create a user account and input your comments regarding aspects of the ISL v. 11.0 that are of particular interest to you. For more information related to WADAConnect, please refer to the simple user guide.
Stakeholders are kindly asked, to the extent possible, to draw on practical experiences and propose recommendations that would benefit the fight for clean sport worldwide. In addition, stakeholders are kindly asked to be as specific and clear as possible when making submissions, i.e. by proposing concrete text replacing the existing draft.