UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has signed an agreement with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) to develop intelligence-gathering methods and best practice in investigations.
The consultancy agreement follows an initial visit from UKAD representatives to the CCES headquarters in Ottawa, Canada, to review current processes and share intelligence-gathering methods.
The partnership will support the implementation of new anti-doping initiatives within the 2015 edition of the Canadian Anti-Doping Programme.
UKAD’s Intelligence Team, which consists of seven members of staff, receives and manages information from a wide range of sources to build up an in-depth knowledge of anti-doping activities which helps support UKAD’s testing programme. As part of the agreement, UKAD will outline the processes used in the UK to ensure that action is delivered in a targeted manner through the effective and efficient collection, recording, analysis, dissemination and retention of information.
CCES President and CEO Paul Melia said: “The fight against doping in sport is a global one and we can learn from the efforts and expertise of other national anti-doping organisations.
“The CCES was fortunate to be able to consult with UKAD to help refine our already robust anti-doping programme in Canada. We recognise that an international approach is integral to prevent, detect and deter doping.”
UKAD Director of Operations Nicole Sapstead added: “UKAD has a strong and well-established relationship with the CCES and we are delighted to have worked with them to support the development of their intelligence-gathering capabilities.
“The 2015 edition of the World Anti-Doping Code identifies the importance of intelligence and investigations to robust anti-doping programmes. It is essential we work together globally and share and improve standards to stop those that are doping or enabling doping from damaging sport.”
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is an independent, national, not-for profit organisation with a responsibility to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. More information on the CCES.