World Anti-Doping Agency revokes status of lab which had been due to be used for the 2016 Olympic Games
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has revoked the accreditation of the Rio de Janeiro laboratory which had been due to be used to test samples from the 2016 Olympic Games as well as the 2014 football World Cup for failing to meet necessary standards.
WADA announced that the accreditation of the UFRJ Doping Control Laboratory, also known as LADETEC, would be revoked as from September 25, 2013, meaning the lab will no longer be authorised to carry out the testing of doping control samples on behalf of WADA or any testing authority.
Exactly how the laboratory has failed in its work was not revealed but a statement from WADA advised that the lab’s accreditation had been revoked “due to non-compliance with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) and the related Technical Documents.”
The statement continued to state: “The decision was taken by WADA’s Executive Committee following a thorough review of the status of the laboratory by WADA’s Disciplinary Panel. WADA suspended the Rio laboratory accreditation on August 8, 2013 before a decision on revocation was taken by the Executive Committee.
“The decision made by WADA’s Executive Committee marks the second time the Rio laboratory has fallen below the required standards set by WADA. The laboratory was also suspended for nine months in January 2012, before being reinstated following a WADA site visit that ensured the proper corrective actions had been implemented.”
The statement also advised how the laboratory may appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days and how it may also choose to reapply for accreditation and seek “fast track” process from the Executive Committee.
You can find the statement from WADA here.