The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces the suspension of its accreditation of the Bucharest laboratory in Romania for a period of six months.


This suspension was imposed due to a number of non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), which on 29 November 2017, resulted in the laboratory being provisionally suspended. Since that date, disciplinary proceedings were carried out by an independent disciplinary committee mandated to make a recommendation to the Chair of the WADA Executive Committee regarding the status of the laboratory’s accreditation.


Anti-Doping Laboratory in Bucharest with WADA Accreditaion from 2009

Photo: SAA


The suspension, which is backdated from the point of the provisional suspension, prohibits the Bucharest laboratory from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples.


During the period of suspension, samples that have not yet been analyzed by the Bucharest laboratory, samples currently undergoing a confirmation procedure and any samples for which a confirmation procedure (A and/or B) is required, must be securely transported to a 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.






PUBLISHED: February 15, 2018