Sample Collection Procedures

The following is a general overview of the doping control process. Departures from these procedures will not invalidate a test result unless it is determined that the integrity of the sample has been compromised.


View the process on the World Anti-Doping Agency's Doping Control Video.

View the process on the World Anti-Doping Agency's Doping Control Video.

STEP 1: ATHLETE SELECTION

STEP 2: NOTIFICATION

STEP 3: REPORTING TO THE DOPING CONTROL STATION

Testing-Procedure-Reporting to DCSYou are required to report to the doping control station immediately unless you request a delay in reporting for valid reasons. Please visit the Rights and Responsibilities section for more information. The DCO or Chaperone will accompany you from the time of notification until the completion of the sample collection process.

At the doping control station, you will be given a chance to hydrate. Individually sealed beverage will be available.

STEP 4: SELECTION OF A URINE COLLECTION VESSEL

STEP 5: PROVIDING THE URINE / BLOOD SAMPLE

STEP 6: SELECTION OF A URINE SAMPLE COLLECTION KIT

STEP 7: SPLITTING AND SEALING THE URINE / BLOOD SAMPLE

Testing-Procedure-Sealing Sample KitYou will split and pour the urine yourself, unless assistance is required and you provide consent for your representative or the DCO to do so on your behalf.

Pour at least 30ml of urine into the B bottle and pour the remaining urine into the A bottle.

You will be asked to leave a small amount in the collection vessel so that the DCO can measure the specific gravity. You will then seal the ‘A' and ‘B' bottles tightly ensuring there is no leakage.

 

SEALING AND STORING THE BLOOD SAMPLE

After withdrawing the needle, the BCO or athlete will place one vacctainer into each of the 'A' and 'B' sample bottles. These should be checked for any leakage. The sealed blood sample shall be kept in the Doping Station, at a cool but not freezing temperature, prior to dispatching for analysis.

STEP 8: MEASURING SPECIFIC GRAVITY

Testing-Procedure-Specific GravityThe DCO will check the specific gravity of the residual urine left in the collection vessel to ensure it is suitable for analysis, and will record the value on the Doping Control Test Form.  

If the sample falls outside the required range for specific gravity, the DCO will request additional samples to be provided until one within the required range for Specific Gravity is provided, or until the DCO determines that, due to exceptional circumstances, the session should end.

You should avoid drinking too much fluid, as it may dilute your urine sample.

STEP 9: COMPLETING THE DOPING CONTROL FORM

STEP 10: SECURING AND TRANSPORTING THE SAMPLE

Modifications for minors and athletes with a disability

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