The WADA Proficiency Testing Program as an integral part of the fight against doping in sport
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- Ivanova, V., Boghosian, T. & Rabin, O. Accred Qual Assur (2007) 12: 491. doi:10.1007/s00769-007-0283-4
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This article provides a brief perspective of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the context of the fight against doping in sport and of the WADA Proficiency Testing Program as an essential element of the World Anti-Doping Program. The WADA Proficiency Testing Program exists within the framework of the WADA-accredited laboratories and is aimed at improving the effectiveness of the fight against doping by testing the ability of the laboratories to reliably identify and measure the substances and methods defined in the WADA Prohibited List. The paper provides an overview of the WADA Proficiency Testing scheme with respect to organization, test composition and evaluation of anti-doping methods and techniques. Scientific research is mentioned in the context of WADA’s involvement in generating reference materials for improvement of analytical activities of the WADA-accredited laboratories. WADA’s funding of a reference material for 19-norandrosterone in human urine is illustrated as an example.