Wada suspends Mexican anti-doping lab

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has suspended the accreditation of Mexico’s anti-doping facility for a period of up to six months.

The suspension of the Laboratorio Nacional de Prevencion y Control del Dopaje-CONADE in Mexico City became effective on November 23 and prevents the facility from carrying out any anti-doping activities for a six-month period. Prohibited activities include analyses of urine and blood samples.

During the period of suspension, samples must be transported securely to another Wada-accredited laboratory. Wada said the decision to suspend the facility is line with more stringent quality assessment procedures enacted by the agency to ensure laboratories maintain the highest standards.

The laboratory may appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days of receipt of notice.

While the facility is suspended, it must address all non-conformities identified by the Laboratory Expert Group or Wada in any request for corrective action or otherwise, as well as any additional non-conformities identified during Wada’s visit to the site.

Wada said the Laboratory Expert Group will decide whether the facility should be required to review any test results it previously reported and/or reanalyse any samples with respect to which it previously reported an adverse analytical finding.

Should Wada be satisfied that the laboratory has met these requirements, it may apply for reinstatement before the six-month suspension period has expired. If the facility does not address the non-conformities by the end of the suspension period, Wada may extend the ban by a further six months.

Mexico City’s facility is the sixth of 34 Wada-accredited labs worldwide to be currently shut down. Earlier this month, Wada announced the four-month suspension of a lab in Doha, Qatar, with other facilities in Almaty, Kazakhstan; Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid, Spain and Bloemfontein, South Africa also currently banned.