The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) has lifted the suspension of the accredidation of the National Anti-Doping Laboratory in Beijing, China.
The lab was first suspended in April amid a run of suspensions in the leadup to the 2016 Olympic Games that included labs in South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
The lab was ordered to correct 5 fault-findings to regain its accredidation under the International Sandard for Laboratories (ISL). Those issues included addressing non-conformities identified in External Qualify Assesment Scheme.
“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 Director General, Olivier Niggli. “We are confident that the laboratory has corrected its deficiencies; and, will now be operating to the high standards required by WADA,” he added.
The lab is now allowed to perform testing on urine and blood samples immediately.
There are 34 WADA-accredited laboratories in the world, and the one in Beijing is one of 7 locateed on the vast Asian continent. While the lab was suspended, samples that initially would have been sent there had to be sent elsewhere.
The following labs are still suspended:
- Lisbon, Portugal (April 15, 2016)
- Madrid, Spain (June 6, 2016)
- Bloemfontein, South Africa (May 3, 2016)
- Almaty, Kazakhstan (June 24, 2016)