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UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has issued information to athletes and their support personnel regarding the latest statement released by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Berlinger security bottles, used in sample collection.
UKAD Director of Operations Pat Myhill said: “In response to the announcement from Berlinger stating they will discontinue producing equipment for anti-doping purposes, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) would like to reassure athletes and their support personnel of our ability to continue operating our testing programme.
“We are aware of the recent issues which have been experienced by Berlinger, and we have been in close communication with both Berlinger and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
“UKAD remains confident in the robust integrity of our sample collection process. In keeping with our previous statements, our advice to athletes is, if there are any concerns regarding the testing bottles available, please take the test and note any concerns on the doping control form.
“To date UKAD continues to use an older version of sample collection bottles, of which there have been no reported issues with bottle integrity. Going forward UKAD will minimise the very low risk, highlighted by the recent statement from WADA regarding new versions of sample bottles breaking on freezing, by working closely with the laboratory to determine suitable controls to maintain the highest standards of assurance.
“In addition, UKAD is exploring alternative options for sample collection bottles, and has recently coordinated a meeting with an alternative supplier. UKAD will continue to work with all relevant parties, including WADA, other Anti-Doping Organisations and the laboratory, to develop a long-term solution.”
To reiterate the advice issued earlier this year, athletes tested in UK and abroad by organisations other than UKAD may still encounter the BEREG-Kit Geneva bottles.
UKAD advises any athletes with concerns to take the following steps: