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Quality control

The Aladin project

Drug testing of athletes has been shown to be one of the most effective tools in preventing the use of drugs in sports, but the quality of analytical results can vary and current regulations demand that testing laboratories first be accredited in accordance with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules. In the near future, laboratories will also have to be certified according to the ISO 17025 international quality standard before seeking IOC accreditation. This will require participation in external quality assessment studies to test the ability of laboratories to deliver reliable results.

Now, the European-funded Aladin 2002 project is developing a proficiency-testing programme for implementation among European IOC accredited laboratories. Following ISO/IEC guidelines, it will also set up and accredit a network of centres as qualified suppliers of the proficiency-testing schemes.

Several centres will sub-specialise, supplying reference materials covering about 100 banned substances. A computer-based network will be set up connecting European IOC-accredited laboratories to guarantee adequate, fast, consistent and confidential distribution of information necessary for the inter-lab testing programme. The network will be open to non-European laboratories should they wish to join.

Project participants are confident that the harmonisation of methods and the implementation of an external quality control scheme will go a long way towards ensuring cleanliness from doping in sport for years to come.

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Putting labs to the test: regulations requiring IOC and ISO accreditation will mean stringent and regular quality assessment of anti-doping laboratories.
The Aladin 2002 project is developing a testing programme and will set up and accredit a network of specialised centres as suppliers of critical reference materials.
 
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Putting labs to the test: regulations requiring IOC and ISO accreditation will mean stringent and regular quality assessment of anti-doping laboratories. The Aladin 2002 project is developing a testing programme and will set up and accredit a network of specialised centres as suppliers of critical reference materials.

Putting labs to the test: regulations requiring IOC and ISO accreditation will mean stringent and regular quality assessment of anti-doping laboratories. The Aladin 2002 project is developing a testing programme and will set up and accredit a network of specialised centres as suppliers of critical reference materials.