London Olympic lab declared ready by WADA
The laboratory that will test athletes at the London Olympics
has been declared ready by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The lab at King’s College London Drug Control Center was
accredited by WADA on Monday following a two-year testing program
that examined the lab’s equipment, staff and procedures.
Officials from WADA’s science department made several visits to
the lab in central London, with the site subject to three formal
inspections and dummy sample testing.
The King’s College lab usually deals with about 8,000 samples
per year. It expects to handle more than 6,250 during the Olympics
and Paralympics, with about half the competing athletes and every
medalist set to be tested.
”Achieving WADA accreditation means that the London 2012
Anti-Doping Laboratory will operate to the highest standards of
sample analysis during the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” WADA
President John Fahey said.
”Doping athletes must know that there is a very good chance
they will be tested this summer and that everything scientifically
possible – and with the assistance of growing intelligence – will
be done to make sure that their efforts to cheat are detected by
the experts at the laboratory.”
The laboratory is the size of seven tennis courts and will test
as many as 400 samples per day during the Olympics and Paralympics
– more than at any previous games. It will run 24 hours a day.
”The WADA accreditation is a green light signal that the lab is
ready,” said Jonathan Harris, the London organizing committee’s
More than 1,000 staff from the London organizing committee will
be involved in anti-doping efforts, with 150 scientists working at
Some results will be available within 24 hours of the test.
”I am thrilled to receive official accreditation from WADA at
such an early stage,” lab director David Cowan said. ”We have
demonstrated that everything is in place and we are well prepared
to deliver robust testing for the games.
”This accreditation provides recognition of our ability to
operate an effective anti-doping laboratory.”