Human doping refers to the use of performance-enhancing drugs by the athletes. Human sport doping control analysis is a complex and challenging task for anti-doping laboratories. The field is regulated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), whose aim is to achieve globally harmonized results and equal treatment for all athletes. The List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is updated annually by WADA and consists of hundreds of chemically and pharmacologically different low and high molecular weight (MW) compounds.
In sports, today the aim is to provide equal opportunities for athletes to seek victory and fame. Hence, the use of performance-enhancing substances and methods has been prohibited not only to ensure fairness, but also to protect athletes’ health and safeguard the spirit of sport.
The National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) is accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories, NABL (2003) and World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) (2008) for testing of urine & blood samples from human sports. The accreditation for the testing of blood samples acquired in April 2010.
Nationally, urine and blood samples are received from National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), Games Organizing Committees & samples collected through International Doping Tests & Management (IDTM) for various agencies viz BCCI. Apart from this, NDTL is testing samples from various international agencies (approx 15 neighboring countries) for both competition and out-of competition testing.