The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the accreditation of the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) in New Delhi; barring the facility from conducting any anti-doping tests for up to six months.
The irregularities identified during the WADA site visit included some in relation to the analytical method of the Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (GC/C/ IRMS) laboratories.
After WADA’s laboratory expert group recommended disciplinary proceedings in May, a disciplinary committee recommended the suspension.
During the period of suspension, samples that have not yet been analyzed by the NDTL; samples currently undergoing a confirmation procedure; and any samples for which an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) has been reported, must be securely transported to another WADA-accredited laboratory. This is in order to ensure continued high-quality sample analysis, which also helps preserve athletes’ confidence in this process and the wider anti-doping system,” it stated.
WADA also clarified that the NDTL can appeal the; decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sports “within 21 days of receipt of notice”.
The laboratory can appeal the suspension or apply for reinstatement before six months have passed if it has addressed non-conforming procedures.