UK Anti-Doping has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Crime Agency (NCA), setting out clear guidelines for sharing information in the fight against the supply and trafficking of doping-related substances and activities in sport.
This latest development enhances UKAD’s ability to prevent, deter, detect and enforce any anti-doping rule violation in all sports under the World Anti-Doping Code. Partnerships with agencies such as the NCA are fundamental to ensuring that UKAD can focus on those wishing to gain from the supply and trafficking of prohibited substances.
The MoU has been developed over many months to ensure that any information shared is done so in keeping with relevant legislative requirements. This compliments MoUs already in place with UK Border Force and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
UKAD Director of Operations Nicole Sapstead said: “Today, we are delighted to formalise our already strong partnership with the NCA, strengthening our ability to tackle the supply chain of doping-related substances and intensify our activities in the global fight against doping in sport.
“Intelligence and investigations is an integral component of the revised 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and clean athletes should rest assured that UKAD is doing all it can to prevent doping activities and protect sport in the UK.”
NCA Deputy Director Roy McComb said: “Good information sharing is at the heart of effective law enforcement. The NCA's partnership with UK Anti-Doping will not only help them target traffickers but will also protect athletes."
Information will be shared with UKAD by the NCA when it relates to the detection, deterrence, enforcement or prevention of an anti-doping rule violation.
UKAD will share information with the NCA when it relates to the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of serious organised crime, or the reduction of crime.
Notes to Editors:
This agreement supersedes the MoU formerly held with the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the NCA’s predecessor.
The National Crime Agency
The NCA builds a single comprehensive picture of serious and organised crime affecting the UK, drawing on information and intelligence from a wide range of sources, which drives our own and partners’ operational activity. We respond on a 24/7 basis, targeting the criminals and groups posing the biggest risks to the UK.
The NCA delivers this national response through the four pillars of:
• Pursue – prosecute and disrupt people engaged in serious and organised crime
• Prevent – prevent people from becoming involved in serious and organised crime
• Protect – increase protection against serious organised crime
• Prepare – reduce the impact of serious and organised crime where it takes place