Protecting the Right to Enjoy Doping-Free Sport

Doping Control

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Lead Doping Control Officer notifies swimmer Fran Williamson for doping control.

Doping Control Personnel have a fundamental role in the promotion of doping-free sport both nationally and internationally.

Doping Control Personnel are authorised by UKAD to conduct testing in the UK. A pool of approximately 200 Blood Collection Officer (BCOs), Doping Control Officers (DCOs) and Chaperones are trained accredited to comply with the International Standards for Testing and Investigations (ISTI). DCOs in the UK are trained and accredited to notify and chaperone athletes, observe sample collection and process samples. UKAD's team of trained chaperones are authorised by the organisation to assist the DCOs in notifying and chaperoning athletes until they report to the doping control station. Chaperones have recently been trained and accredited to witness sample provision.

UKAD also has a team of Blood Collection Officers (BCOs). They are all trained phlebotomists (people trained to draw blood) and collect samples for blood testing. All UKAD BCOs are trained and accredited on all Chaperone duties.

The doping control scheme has been in existence in the UK since 1990, when Doping Control Personnel conducted tests, firstly on behalf of National Governing Bodies (NGBs), and then under the GB Sports Council prior to UK Sport being formed in 1996. In 2009, UKAD formed as the UK's first independent National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) and manages Doping Control Personnel as part of the organisation's operations.

All Doping Control Personnel are trained and accredited in accordance with the WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations and the UK Doping Control Handbook. DCOs, BCOs and Chaperones are all required to undergo continual assessment. New trainees go through a rigorous equality recruitment process and are required to submit a Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure (DBS).

Interested in becoming a member of the doping control scheme?

Applications for Doping Control Personnel will be advertised in the vacancies section of our website. Please keep checking the website for updates.