The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that, in accordance with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), Sir Craig Reedie, Chairman of WADA’s Executive Committee, has approved the reinstatement of the WADA accreditation of the Doping Control Laboratory of Madrid (Madrid Laboratory) in Madrid, Spain. This decision allows the Laboratory to resume all of its anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples, with immediate effect.
The Madrid Laboratory had its accreditation suspended on 6 June 2016 as a result of the WADA Foundation Board’s 19 March 2016 decision to declare the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency (AEPSAD) non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. Pursuant to Article 4.4 of the ISL, in order for a laboratory to maintain its accreditation status, the National Anti-Doping Organization of the country of the laboratory must be Code compliant, as determined by WADA.
The Board removed AEPSAD from the list of non-compliant Signatories on 7 March 2017, and members of WADA’s Laboratory Expert Group conducted a satisfactory on-site assessment of the Madrid Laboratory on 23-24 March 2017. As such, on 28 April 2017, the WADA Laboratory Expert Group recommended that the WADA accreditation of the Madrid Laboratory be reinstated with immediate effect.
“WADA is pleased to confirm that the Madrid Laboratory’s accreditation has been reinstated following AEPSAD’s return to compliance,” said WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli. “We would like to thank the Laboratory for their continued cooperation throughout this process,” Niggli said. “Given the specific circumstances of their suspension, WADA is confident that the Laboratory will continue to operate to the high standards required” he added.
Pursuant to the ISL, WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories in order to ensure that they maintain the highest quality standards when conducting their activities. Whenever a laboratory does not meet the requirements described in the ISL, WADA may decide to suspend or revoke the laboratory’s accreditation. The high number of laboratory suspensions in 2016 and 2017 are a direct result of the more stringent quality assessment procedures enacted by WADA to ensure laboratories maintain the highest standards.
As required by the ISL, the decision to reinstate the Madrid Laboratory’s WADA accreditation is communicated to all relevant national public authorities; national accreditation bodies; National Anti-Doping Organizations; National Olympic Committees; International Federations, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and other Major Event Organizations.
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