Harmonization of anti-doping rules in a global context (World Anti-Doping Agency-laboratory accreditation perspective)

Bioanalysis. 2012 Jul;4(13):1603-11. doi: 10.4155/bio.12.152.


This article provides a review of the leading role of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the context of the global fight against doping in sport and the harmonization of anti-doping rules worldwide through the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Program. Particular emphasis is given to the WADA-laboratory accreditation program, which is coordinated by the Science Department of WADA in conjunction with the Laboratory Expert Group, and the cooperation with the international accreditation community through International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation and other organizations, all of which contribute to constant improvement of laboratory performance in the global fight against doping in sport. A perspective is provided of the means to refine the existing anti-doping rules and programs to ensure continuous improvement in order to face growing sophisticated challenges. A viewpoint on WADA's desire to embrace cooperation with other international organizations whose knowledge can contribute to the fight against doping in sport is acknowledged.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation*
  • Doping in Sports / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Doping in Sports / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • International Agencies
  • International Cooperation*
  • Laboratories / standards*
  • Policy Making
  • Sports / standards*
  • Substance Abuse Detection / methods