22 January 2020

WADA launches its new ‘Testing Center’ – a ‘Next Gen’ ADAMS module that will help strengthen testing programs worldwide

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that, effective today, WADA’s new ‘Testing Center’ is available for use by Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) via WADA’s ‘Next Gen’ Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS).  

Testing Center provides an improved means for ADOs to control, plan (forecast) and manage their testing programs. It replaces ADAMS ‘Classic’ Test Distribution Planning tool, which has been operational for years and required modernizing.  

Test Distribution Planning is a key component of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI).  Under the ISTI, ‘WADA, in consultation with International Federations and other ADOs, will adopt a Technical Document (the Technical Document for Sport Specific Analysis – TDSSA) that establishes by means of a risk assessment which Prohibited Substances and/or Prohibited Methods are most likely to be abused in particular sports and sport disciplines. Starting with a risk assessment, each ADO with Testing authority shall develop and implement an effective, intelligent and proportionate test distribution plan that prioritizes appropriately between disciplines, categories of Athletes, types of Testing, types of Samples collected, and types of Sample analysis.’

WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli, said: “WADA is confident that its new Testing Center will help strengthen doping control programs worldwide. This new module is part of WADA’s ‘Next Gen’ ADAMS project, which is one of WADA’s strategic priorities that involves a complete rebuild of ADAMS to ensure that it is optimized technically and securely to support athletes and the global anti-doping program. ‘Next Gen’ prioritizes mobility of ADAMS use, enhanced connectivity, reliability, performance and general usability.”

WADA Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Stuart Kemp, said: “The new Testing Center is a powerful new tool that demonstrates that ADAMS ‘Next Gen’ will deliver tangible benefits to ADOs world-wide. It improves the integrity and accuracy of data reported from ADAMS, reduces human error, provides faster and increasingly standardized processes; and, reduces the resources required to administer day-today anti-doping activities. We hope Testing Center brings efficiencies to the anti-doping community through a new dashboard, real-time data and reporting; and, we look forward to receiving user feedback. Comments will help us drive further improvements over time.”

Testing Center follows on the heels of WADA’s ‘Athlete Central’ Whereabouts App, which was launched in November 2019 and has received positive feedback from athletes. In keeping with ‘Next Gen’s’ project plan, the Agency will be launching more modules, upgrades and enhancements during the course of 2020.

For more information regarding the Testing Center, please visit WADA’s website.