Sport Conventions

Declaration on the International protocol for doping control (ISO/PAS 18873)

adopted by the Monitoring Group at its 11th Meeting on 30 – 31 March 2000 in Strasbourg

The Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention, under the terms of Article 11.1.d of the Convention,

Whereas under Article 3.1 of the Anti-Doping Convention the Parties undertake to co-ordinate the policies and actions of their government departments and other public bodies concerned with combating doping in sport;

Whereas in Article 7.2.c of the Convention the Parties undertake to encourage their sports organisations to harmonise their doping control procedures;

Considering that this would also encourage other sports organisations and countries to seek high common standards;

Convinced of the need to establish high quality standards for doping control in order to ensure a fair and equitable system for athletes;

Recalling its Recommendations No. 1/95 on standard urine sampling procedures for doping control in and out of competition, No. 1/98 on standard operating procedures at doping control laboratories, and No. 2/98 on basic principles for disciplinary phases of doping control, all of which contribute to the harmonisation of high standards;

Noting that the decision by the International Organisation for Standard to adopt the Publicly Available Specification (ISO/PAS 18873) means that the International Standard for Doping Control (ISDC) is recognised as an operational quality protocol,

1. Acknowledges that the ISDC (ISO/PAS 18873) provides a robust doping control standard which countries, anti-doping organisations and international and national sports federations should draw on and endeavour to implement within their own anti-doping programmes;

2. Recommends the ISO/PAS 18873 to Parties as the reference protocol for quality assurance in national doping control process and systems;

3. Recommends that the World Anti-Doping Agency recognises the ISO/PAS 18873 norm as the reference protocol in anti-doping controls, and encourages international sport organisations to base their anti-doping programmes on this norm;

4. Expresses its firm support for the work by ISO and its expert group for the preparation and adoption of an ISO norm for doping control, and its desire that the Monitoring Group be consulted at appropriate stages in this work.