The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended the accreditation of the National Doping Control Centre in Bangkok, Thailand (the Laboratory), for a period of up to six months. This suspension has been imposed on the Laboratory due to non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) as identified during a WADA site visit and subsequent follow-up of its routine activities.
In September 2019, WADA’s Laboratory Expert Group (LabEG) recommended the initiation of disciplinary proceedings against the Laboratory, which were subsequently carried out by an independent Disciplinary Committee that was mandated to make a recommendation to the Chair of the WADA Executive Committee regarding the status of the Laboratory’s accreditation. This process is now complete.
The suspension, which took effect on 18 November 2019, prohibits the Laboratory from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples. During the period of suspension, relevant samples must be securely transported to another WADA-accredited laboratory for analysis, in accordance with the guidance provided in the ISL. This is in order to ensure continued high-quality sample analysis, which also helps preserve athletes’ confidence in this process and the wider anti-doping system.
Pursuant to Article 13.7 of the World Anti-Doping Code, the Laboratory may appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days of receipt of notice.
During the period of suspension, the Laboratory shall address all non-conformities identified by WADA in any request for corrective action or otherwise, as well as any additional non-conformities identified during any follow-up WADA site visit during the suspension period. If the Laboratory satisfies WADA in meeting these requirements, it may apply for reinstatement prior to the expiry of the six-month suspension period. Should the Laboratory not address the non-conformities by the end of the six-month suspension period, WADA may extend the suspension of the Laboratory’s accreditation for up to an additional six months.
In accordance with the ISL, WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories, thereby ensuring that they maintain the highest quality standards. This monitoring process is conducted in conjunction with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) assessment by independent national accreditation bodies that are full members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).