Sample collection (also known as doping control or drug testing) is an essential part of promoting and protecting doping-free sport. It is the process to detect the use of a prohibited substance, or prohibited method, by an athlete.
Sample collection consists of testing, conducted by an anti‑doping organisation such as the Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority (ASADA), and sample analysis, conducted by a laboratory that has been accredited by the World Anti‑Doping Agency (WADA).
Athletes must comply with a valid request for testing. Athletes may face sanctions if they refuse to comply. The penalty for refusing to provide a sample upon a valid request may be the same as providing a sample that contains a prohibited substance.
ASADA’s doping control program complies with the World Anti‑Doping Code, the International Standard for Testing, the Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority Act 2006 and the Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority Regulations 2006 including the National Anti‑Doping (NAD) Scheme, and the International Organization for Standardization 9001 Standard for Quality Management Systems.
The test can be either in-competition or out-of-competition such as at an athlete’s training venue or home. Almost all of the testing is carried out with no advance notice. The test can involve the collection of urine, blood or both.
You must comply with a valid request for testing. You may face sanctions if you refuse to comply. The penalty for refusing to provide a sample upon valid request may be the same as providing a sample that contains a prohibited substance.
An ASADA doping control session in progress.