UFS to re-apply for anti-doping laboratory accreditation

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The University of the Free State says it is going to re-apply for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accreditation.

This, after the agency in the past week, informed the South African Doping Control Laboratory (SADoCoL) at the University that its accreditation status of the laboratory has been revoked.

This follows a one-year suspension in which the laboratory failed to develop its analytical capabilities and establish new systems and methodologies. The university, however, said in a statement that this excludes the analysis of blood samples and that the laboratory will continue to do testing of blood samples, but not urine.

The university said the laboratory is in a much better state than it was before the suspension in May 2016, although there were certain aspects of the requirements that the laboratory could not achieve within the time frame stipulated by WADA.

The management of SADoCoL, together with the leadership of the UFS, in a statement, revealed that they are going to finalize all developments to meet the requirement in order to re-apply for WADA accreditation.

“The UFS is committed to supporting the laboratory in its endeavours to re-attain its status within the extremely specialized and highly regulated community of worldwide doping control laboratories. The premium goal of the laboratory is still to serve the sporting community of South Africa and Africa to the fullest”.

The laboratory is run independently and reports to the University.

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has expressed its committed support of the University to regain the full accreditation of the doping control laboratory.

Katleho Morapela- katleho@centralmediagroup.co.za