The UAE NADA testing process is designed to help ensure a global level-playing field for athletes who are encouraged to participate in no-notice, in-competition and out-of-competition urine and blood testing in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) International Standards. The sample collection process is safe and comfortable for athletes. It is a standard procedure, from notification of the athlete to sending the sample to the laboratory.
An athlete has the right to have a representative attending during the whole doping control process. The testing procedures are also explained to the athlete. In addition, an athlete receives a copy of all forms used to document the processing of their sample. An athlete can also request a delay in reporting to the doping control station for valid reasons.
An athlete is supposed to comply with the sample collection procedure. They must also report immediately to the doping control station unless there are valid reasons for delay. An athlete must stay in direct observation from the time of notification until the sample collection session is complete. They are responsible for ensuring that all appropriate paperwork is accurate, complete and signed.
Providing the samples
Selecting a collection vessel: the athlete will be given a choice of sealed collection vessels, and they will select one. The athlete will make sure that the equipment is intact and has not been tampered with, and they will maintain control of the collection vessel at all times.
Urine sample provision: Only a Doping Control Officer (DCO) or a Chaperon of the same gender is allowed in the area of privacy while the athlete is providing the sample. If the athlete is under 18, they may request the presence of their representative. The DCO or Chaperon will directly witness the urine sample leaving the athlete's body and going into the collection vessel. The athlete is responsible for controlling their sample and keeping it in view of the DCO or Chaperon until it is sealed in a sample collection kit. If the athlete provides a sample less than the required volume, they are required to temporarily seal it and provide further volume. The first urine sample(s) that an athlete is able to provide post notification must be collected.
Blood sample provision: The athlete will be asked to select blood collection equipment and check that it is intact and has not been tampered with. A blood collection official will collect the sample in the presence of a DCO or Chaperon and, if applicable, the athlete’s representative.
Athletes with disabilities: If an athlete has a disability, they have the right to request a modification to the process; however, the DCO or Chaperon must approve it. Where required, the athlete will be provided with the needed help during the sample collection procedure, and the procedures may be modified.
Selection of the sample collection kit: the athlete will select a sealed sample collection kit that is intact and has not been tampered with. The athlete will open the kit and confirm that the sample code numbers on the bottles, the lids, and the containers all match. All sample collection kit numbers will be recorded on the Doping Control Test Form.
Final paperwork: the athlete's personal information is recorded on the Doping Control Test Form, including contact details.The athlete will be asked to provide information on prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, herbal products, food supplements, and any other substances they have used within the last seven (7) days. At the end of the session, the athlete must check that all the information recorded is correct, and sign the doping control paperwork. The copy of the doping control paperwork that the laboratory receives does not contain any information that could identify the athlete.
Securing and transporting the sample: The secure sample(s) and the laboratory copy of the Doping Control Test Form are sent to the laboratory for analysis. There is a strict chain of custody regarding transportation, storage and opening of the sample. The laboratory will inspect the samples upon arrival to ensure there is no evidence of tampering. All urine and blood samples will be sent to a NADA-accredited laboratory for analysis or storage for future analysis.