Laboratories

ACCREDITED LABORATORIES

There are currently 34 laboratories around the world accredited to conduct human doping control sample analyses. Several other laboratories have expressed interest in entering the WADA accreditation process.

APPROVED LABORATORIES

While most WADA-accredited laboratories can also perform blood analyses in support of the heamatological module of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), there are currently an additional three approved laboratories (non WADA-accredited laboratories) that are also permitted to conduct such analyses.

Accreditation process

WADA accreditation is based upon compliance with two international standards:

For more information on the accreditation process and WADA's EQAS (External Quality Assessment Scheme) process, please consult the International Standard for Larboratories, particularly section 4.0 and Annex A.

Technical Documents

WADA publishes, from time to time, specific technical recommendations, addressing particular operational areas of the accredited laboratories, in a Technical Document.

The Technical Documents constitute level-2 elements of the World Anti-Doping Program, and therefore implementation of the technical recommendations described in them is mandatory and must occur by the effective date specified in the Technical Document.

Technical Documents supersede any previous publication on a similar topic, or if applicable, the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL). The document in effect is the Technical Document whose effective date most recently precedes that of sample receipt date by the laboratory.

Technical Documents In Effect

Technical Document
In force
(in alphabetical order)
Summary of modifications Effective Date*
TD2017 BAR   1 Jan. 2017
TD2017 DL TD2017 DL - Summary of Modifications 1 Mar.  2017
TD2016 EAAS TD2016 EAAS - Summary of Modifications 1 Jan. 2016
TD2014 EPO TD2014 EPO - Summary of Modifications 1 Sep. 2014
TD2015 GH   1 Sep. 2015
TD2015 IDCR TD2015 IDCR - Summary of Modifications 1 Sep. 2015
TD2016 IRMS TD2016 IRMS - Summary of Modifications 1 Jan. 2016
TD2009 LCOC   1 Jan. 2009
TD2009 LDOC   1 Jan. 2009
TD2015 MRPL TD2015 MRPL - Summary of Modifications 1 Sep. 2015
TD2016 NA TD2016 NA - Summary of Modifications 1 Sep. 2016

* Deadline for implementation

Recently Approved** Versions of Technical Documents:

Document Number

Approval Date Effective Date**
18 Nov 2016 1 May 2017

** As per the International Standards for Laboratories, Technical Documents are posted on WADA’s website when approved by the WADA Executive Committee and may be applied prior to the effective date for implementation. The newly approved Technical Document replaces the previous effective version and becomes the mandatory version for all stakeholders by its effective date, which represents the deadline for its mandatory implementation.

GUIDELINES

WADA publishes guidelines relating to doping control activities.

In cooperation with WADA, the International Anti-Doping Agreement (IADA) has also developed guidelines for Anti-Doping Organizations that have already obtained an ISO certification or that wish to be ISO-certified. These are: Guidelines for Transition and Guidelines for Certification.

As with all guidelines under the World Anti-Doping Program, these documents are subject to ongoing review and reassessment.

WADA encourages feedback on the content of the Guidelines, and recommends that stakeholders always consult this Web site for the latest version.

Laboratory Guidelines currently in force:

LABORATORY TESTING FIGURES

In accordance with Article 14.5 of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), WADA, acting as a central clearinghouse for Doping Control data, annually publishes statistical reports as reported by the WADA accredited laboratories in the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).

The latest WADA Anti-Doping Testing Figures Report can be accessed here

For a more complete overview of the Testing Figures, please consult the comprehensive Questions and Answers document.

LABORATORY ASSESSORS

Collaboration between WADA and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) provides an important opportunity to conduct the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) assessment concurrently with the ISO/IEC 17025 assessment for the WADA accredited anti-doping laboratories.

The List of ISL Assessors contains the names of the assessors from ILAC-member accreditation bodies trained by WADA for
the ISL assessment.