WADA suspends accreditation of Bucharest lab as crackdown continues
The World Anti-Doping Agency has suspended the accreditation of the Bucharest laboratory in Romania for a period of six months, in the latest instance of a continuing crackdown on the methods and process employed by labs to conduct anti-doping testing.
The lab had been provisionally suspended in November last year for what WADA described as “a number of non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories.”
WADA added: “Since that date, disciplinary proceedings were carried out by an independent disciplinary committee mandated to make a recommendation to the Chair of the WADA Executive Committee regarding the status of the laboratory’s accreditation.
“The suspension, which is backdated from the point of the provisional suspension, prohibits the Bucharest laboratory from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples.”
The laboratory could be re-accredited before the six months elapses if it satisfies the requirements of the disciplinary committee or, alternatively, could be suspended for a further six months if they are not addressed by the end of the initial six-month period, which is backdated to November.
Last December, the AFLD, France’s anti-doping laboratory, was reinstated by WADA after a suspension imposed for what it described as “analytical issues self-reported to WADA by the Laboratory.”
In October, WADA lifted a partial suspension imposed in June on the anti-doping laboratory at University of California, Los Angeles, meaning that that facility was also once again free to conduct analysis of the full range of prohibited substances.Sportcal