WADA further extends analytical testing restriction imposed on the Havana Laboratory

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has further extended the analytical testing restriction (ATR) imposed on the anti-doping laboratory in Havana, Cuba. The ATR, limited to the Gas Chromatography / Combustion / Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) analytical method, was originally imposed on 16 November 2022 for a period of up to six months (i.e, until 16 May 2023).

Based on the recommendation of the Laboratory Expert Advisory Group, the Chair of the WADA Executive Committee has confirmed the extension of the ATR for another 6 months until 16 November 2023, or until the date the requirements are met, if earlier.

During the ATR, the Havana Laboratory can continue carrying out its regular anti-doping activities, as per the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL). However, all routine samples that require GC/C/IRMS analysis shall be securely transported with a demonstrable chain of custody to another WADA-accredited laboratory. The transfer of samples shall be conducted in consultation with the relevant Testing Authority.

According to the ISL, WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories, thereby ensuring that they maintain the highest quality standards. This monitoring process is conducted in conjunction with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) assessment by independent national accreditation bodies that are full members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and signatories to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA).