The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that it has reinstated the accreditation of the Romanian Doping Control Laboratory (Bucharest Laboratory) following its suspension in February 2018. The Bucharest Laboratory is therefore able to resume all of its anti-doping activities, including the analysis of urine and blood samples, with immediate effect.
The decision to reinstate the Bucharest Laboratory’s WADA accreditation was based on a recommendation made by WADA’s Laboratory Expert Group, which was satisfied that the Laboratory had successfully addressed its non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL).
“WADA is pleased to confirm that the Bucharest Laboratory’s accreditation has been reinstated,” said WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli. “We would like to thank the Laboratory for its cooperation throughout this process,” said Mr. Niggli. “We are confident that the Laboratory has corrected its deficiencies and our Laboratory Expert Group will continue to monitor the Laboratory’s performance to ensure that it operates to the high standards required by WADA.”
WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories, thereby ensuring that they maintain the highest quality standards. This monitoring role is conducted in conjunction with ISO/IEC 17025 assessment by independent national accreditation bodies that are full members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
The full list of accredited laboratories can be found on WADA’s website.