WADA Fully Reinstates Salt Lake City Lab After Partial Suspension


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has fully reinstated the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory (SMRTL) in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, that was partially suspended in September.

This is the same Salt Lake City lab that was in the middle of controversy surrounding testing of Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova leading up to the 2016 Olympics.

WADA made its initial partial suspension on Sept. 5, 2019, and limited to the laboratory’s isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) analytical method, due to non-conformities with the relevant technical document (TD2016IRMS).

The following day, SMRTL challenged the partial suspension before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and requested an order that it be kept confidential pending resolution of the CAS appeal.

The Chairman of the Executive Committee lifted the partial suspension on Oct. 7, which was at the time subject to certain conditions, including a laboratory on-site assessment.

According to WADA, SMRTL has met all the conditions and satisfied all recommendations of the WADA LabEG and has been fully reinstated.

The group released this statement on the reinstatement:

WADA can confirm that SMRTL cooperated fully in making the corrective actions recommended by the WADA LabEG and athletes can be confident that the laboratory is operating at the high standards required by WADA and the global anti-doping program. By mutual agreement, the CAS case is no longer moving forward, enabling WADA to publish both the partial suspension and its subsequent lifting.

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