The BIPM hosted a joint symposium with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 28-29 September. One hundred invited experts from National Measurement Institutes, the clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine community and from WADA and the WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratories met over the two days to discuss the latest initiatives in areas of metrology for organic and biological analysis relevant to this high-profile measurement sector.
The aims of the symposium were:
- to assess current needs and emerging priorities for the provision of reference materials and reference measurement systems to support activities in anti-doping analysis;
- to discuss the implementation of inter-laboratory comparisons to demonstrate equivalent measurement results for quantitative and qualitative analysis for prohibited substances and endogenous markers;
- to share knowledge on the latest approaches used in NMIs, clinical chemistry and doping control laboratories for the detection and quantification of chemical and biological analytes in urine and blood matrices.
The official opening of the meeting was addressed by the French Minister of State for Sport, attached to the Minister of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport, Mr Thierry Braillard.