MORE information on detection times for drugs used to treat horses, but which are not allowed in competition, will be published.
This comes as part of a full review of the FEI’s equine prohibited substances list.
Dr McEwen said while there have been “very few problems” with the list itself, it was “time to have a full review”, by an independent panel of experts.
“I have been one of those criticising the FEI for not enough [information on] detection times, and vets have asked for this time and time again,” he said.
“We had nine new detection times this year and [FEI veterinary director] Göran Akerström has promised me he is going to provide more and more — I’ll hold him to that.”
Riders can also expect more blood-testing from 2019.
Competitors were told at the FEI sports forum in April that the FEI would step up human dope testing and this year it has carried out 214 tests. Of these, 42 were outside and 172 in competition, and there was one positive test.
“Testing is going to increase, and in line with WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] regulations, we also have to do blood testing this year,” Dr Whitehead said, adding this is because some substances are difficult or impossible to test for in urine.
“Our main role is education,” he added. “In the first quarter of 2018, we received as many therapeutic use exemption applications as the whole of 2017. I think this is a result of education; people are realising anti-doping does apply to them.”