IBU Congress: IBU Presents Key Findings of iNADO Audit of Anti-Doping Program
Porec, 7 September 2018: _The final report on the external audit of the IBU’s Anti-Doping Program conducted by the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO) was presented to the IBU Congress today. _
*Key findings of the audit are: *
• Good quality Anti-Doping Program (ADP) especially given the small size of the anti-doping team
• Fit for purpose
• According to WADA, the documented IBU ADP is Code/International Standard compliant, an evaluation which the auditors acknowledge.
• The operations of the IBU ADP are conducted in fundamental accordance with its documented doping control system (agree with results of WADA Code Compliance Review)
That said, the auditors have recommendations for operational improvements:
• But, there is a substantial need to document existing practices and roles & responsibilities, or to establish documented procedures, in a number of areas.
Especially important given the large number of players in AD in the IBU:
▪ Executive Board, Secretary General, VP Medical Issues, Medical Committee / TUEC, Medical Assistant, Anti-Doping Administrator, Anti-Doping Project Manager, outside Legal Counsel, Anti-Doping Hearing Panel, Working Group on McLaren II Report, sample collection service providers, accredited Laboratories, and the APMU, not to mention the biathletes themselves.
*As important, to mitigate against the unplanned loss of IBU AD staff, which would seriously jeopardize the operations of ADP. *
• For confidence and better understanding, there is also a need to increase transparency in the operations of the ADP and in the IBU’s approach to anti-doping
*For example, the treatment of the McLaren II cases, and the efforts of the working group reporting to the Executive Board on the management of those cases, ought to be shared in much greater detail and more frequently with the rest of the IBU family. *
• And, as the ADP relies heavily on service providers (for sample collection and other services), there should be contracts in every case that enable the IBU to ensure quality of services (including that they are Code-compliant).
• There are further developments and improvements discussed so that the IBU can better consider how the IBU ADP can be equipped to handle future challenges and developments, including being more independent