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World Anti-Dop­ing Agency lifts ban on Chi­nese lab

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By TANG YUE tangyue@chi­

The World Anti-Dop­ing Agency an­nounced on Tues­day that it has lifted the sus­pen­sion of China Anti-Dop­ing Agency, which was closed be­cause of tech­ni­cal mis­takes.

“WADA is pleased to con­firm that the Bei­jing lab­o­ra­tory’s ac­cred­i­ta­tion has been re­in­stated just ahead of the max­i­mum four-month sus­pen­sion that was is­sued in April,” said WADA Direc­tor­Gen­eral Olivier Nig­gli.

“We are con­fi­dent that the lab­o­ra­tory has cor­rected its de­fi­cien­cies and will now be op­er­at­ing to the high stan­dards re­quired by WADA.”

The re­in­state­ment al­lows the Bei­jing lab to im­me­di­ately re­sume all of its anti-dop­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing all analy­ses of urine and blood sam­ples, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on the agency’s web­site.

It banned the Bei­jing lab on April 22 af­ter the lab failed a tech­ni­cal test in Oc­to­ber, ac­cord­ing to the lab’s chief, Xu Youx­uan.

The Bei­jing lab re­ported two false neg­a­tive re­sults in WADA's dou­ble-blind tests, Xu said.

Dou­ble-blind test­ing means the lab car­ried out the test with­out know­ing the sub­jects of the test­ing, so as to cre­ate an un­bi­ased test en­vi­ron­ment.

The lab's sus­pen­sion spanned China's prepa­ra­tion

We are con­fi­dent that the lab­o­ra­tory has cor­rected its de­fi­cien­cies, and will now be op­er­at­ing to the high stan­dards re­quired by WADA.” Olivier Nig­gli, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency

for the Rio Olympic Games and forced it to send sam­ples to other ac­cred­ited labs.

WADA is re­spon­si­ble for ac­cred­it­ing and reac­cred­it­ing anti-dop­ing labs to en­sure that they main­tain the high­est stan­dards.

When­ever a lab­o­ra­tory does not meet in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, the agency may sus­pend the ac­cred­i­ta­tion. Of the 35 ac­cred­ited labs through­out the world, 19 have been sus­pended.

Dur­ing the sus­pen­sion, the Chi­nese lab­o­ra­tory was re­quired to take five re­me­dial steps, in ad­di­tion to ad­dress­ing non-con­for­mi­ties iden­ti­fied in its ex­ter­nal as­sess­ment and dur­ing WADA site vis­its.

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