UKAD tells ath­letes not to refuse tests over dis­con­tin­ued kits

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

UK Anti-Dop­ing (UKAD) has told Bri­tish ath­letes not to refuse drugs tests if they are given col­lec­tion kits that have re­cently been dis­con­tin­ued by the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA).

WADA said last week that it would seek al­ter­na­tive sources of sam­ple col­lec­tion kits af­ter Swiss man­u­fac­turer Ber­linger Spe­cial AG an­nounced it was pulling out of the busi­ness.

The world anti-dop­ing body said in Jan­uary it was look­ing into a po­ten­tial in­tegrity is­sue with Ber­linger’s sam­ple col­lec­tion bot­tles af­ter the ac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­tory in Cologne dis­cov­ered they might po­ten­tially be sus­cep­ti­ble to man­ual open­ing“upon freez­ing”.

The bot­tles are used to col­lect and store urine and/or blood sam­ples when an ath­lete un­der­goes a dop­ing con­trol test.

“UKAD re­mains con­fi­dent in the ro­bust in­tegrity of our sam­ple col­lec­tion process,” UKAD di­rec­tor of oper­a­tions Pat My­hill said in a state­ment on its web­site (

“In keep­ing with our pre­vi­ous state­ments, our ad­vice to ath­letes is, if there are any con­cerns re­gard­ing the test­ing bot­tles avail­able, please take the test and note any con­cerns on the dop­ing con­trol form.”

My­hill said UKAD was still us­ing an older ver­sion of sam­ple col­lec­tion bot­tles but added that there have been no re­ported is­sues with bot­tle in­tegrity. “UKAD will min­i­mize the very low risk, high­lighted by the re­cent state­ment from WADA re­gard­ing new ver­sions of sam­ple bot­tles break­ing on freez­ing, by work­ing closely with the lab­o­ra­tory to de­ter­mine suit­able con­trols to main­tain the high­est stan­dards of as­sur­ance,” he said.

“In ad­di­tion, UKAD is ex­plor­ing al­ter­na­tive op­tions for sam­ple col­lec­tion bot­tles, and has re­cently co­or­di­nated a meet­ing with an al­ter­na­tive sup­plier.”

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