WADA Reinstates Beijing Anti-Doping Laboratory

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)

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david
4 years ago

That lab must have an external observer presence there at all the time
History proves they like to hide things

J.C.
4 years ago

The Bloemfontein lab was cleared a couple of weeks ago to test blood samples. Is the lab still considered suspended as reported in the article if it was cleared to test blood samples? Or is a lab only considered unsuspended if it has been cleared to run all types of tests?

J.C.
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Thanks for the further info Braden. Are all tests resuming Sept. 30, or just blood tests? Are labs that have previously been suspended monitored more closely than others who were not suspended?

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