The long-awaited new organisation, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), today assumes responsibility from UK Sport as the National Anti-Doping Organisation for the UK.
UKAD will continue existing testing and education programmes but has a broader remit to include results and intelligence management. Integral to UKAD is the forging of closer links with law enforcement agencies, including the UK Border Agency, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency, so that the UK can tackle the traffickers and suppliers of prohibited substances.
UKAD Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said, “Today is a new era in the fight against doping in sport. With a single focus and a greater ability to manage intelligence and really maximise our law-enforcement partnerships, UKAD is ready to deliver anti-doping services of the highest quality and realise our vision of protecting sports from the threat of doping. “
UKAD will not only aim to ensure that the UK is best placed to tackle doping in sport in the run-up to London 2012, but also ensure that the UK has a sustainable model for the future.
UKAD expects to be a very active participant in the global fight against doping and fully recognises the need and responsibility to take an international approach. Partnerships with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), UNESCO (2006 UNESCO Convention against Doping in Sport) and all other National Anti-Doping Organisations and International Federations are essential to furthering UKAD’s activities.
Notes to Editors
- UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is the National Anti-Doping Organisation for the UK.
- UKAD has responsibility for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.
- UKAD’s functions include an education and information programme, athlete testing across more than 40 sports, intelligence management and exclusive results management authority for the determination of anti-doping rule violations.
- Accountable to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), UKAD has a very clear remit in anti-doping in the UK and plays a lead role in the fight against doping in sport.