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Advances in measurement and testing

The fight against the use of performance-enhancing substances by athletes is regarded as a very serious issue by European authorities. At the same time, the development and trafficking of banned substances such as steroid hormones is becoming increasingly lucrative, and advances in production methodology make them more and more difficult to detect. In accordance with the recommendations of the Hardop report, the Commission is now funding a number of projects aimed at improving our ability to detect the use of these substances.

Isotrace

The development of synthetic steroids with the same chemical structure as naturally occurring steroids has made their detection much more difficult. The Isotrace project is developing new Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) technology to detect the specific isotope content of prohibited synthetic hormones. It will then seek the application of such technology at subsequent Olympic Games.

SGLC/MS

The misuse by athletes of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) is a long-standing and still growing problem. The project identified as SGLC/MS has two goals. First, it is developing methods for synthesising AAS, which can then be used as reference substances in drug testing. Second, it is developing new Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) techniques for their rapid detection.

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The 20-20 Analyser: this isotope ratio mass spectrometer lies at the heart of the Isotrace project's measurement techniques. A selection of automated sample preparation processes gives the analyst the flexibility to test for
a wide range of substances using continuous flow methodology.

The 20-20 Analyser: this isotope ratio mass spectrometer lies at the heart of the Isotrace  project’s measurement techniques. A selection of  automated sample preparation processes gives  the analyst the flexibility to test for a wide range  of substances using continuous flow methodology.