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Horse Racing: Drugs

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) decision to revoke the accreditation of the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory in Newmarket as a WADA-accredited laboratory; and what assessment he has made of and the implications of this decision for drug-testing in the UK. (158207)

In light of discussions with UK Sport, the UK’s National Anti-Doping Organisation, the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory (HFL) had its World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accreditation revoked in September.

The development of UK Sport’s intelligence-based testing programme, the aim of which is to use intelligence to target drug tests more effectively, means that UK Sport is unlikely to significantly increase the number of tests it conducts year on year. As a result, UK Sport could not guarantee the number of tests HFL required to make its accreditation status financially viable.

Kings College, the remaining WADA accredited laboratory in the UK, will undertake analysis of all UK Sport’s anti-doping programme tests.

UK Sport advises that this is an approach endorsed by WADA, and will have no adverse implications for drug-testing in the UK.