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WADA accredited lab suspended due to contaminated samples

The Chatenay-Malabry laboratory has been suspended by WADA over contaminated samples

Joe Robinson
26 Sep 2017

The Chatenay-Malabry laboratory in France has been suspended, with its accreditation temporarily withdrawn due to contaminated samples. 

This ban will see the lab no longer able to test urine and blood samples of athletes, including cyclists, until the suspension is lifted. 

Reported in Le Mondetraces of steroids were found in two urine A samples yet following analysis of the B samples both came back clear. It was later discovered that residue had been left on the tubes despite being automatically rinsed with water. 

The lab then self-reported its error to the World Anti Doping Agency who have since taken the decision to provisionally suspend the lab due to its analytical issues.

The lab hoped to escape punishment after reporting its own error but WADA decided to take a tough stance towards this incident. Ten of the 32 accredited WADA laboratories have found themselves suspended in the past two years.

This could come at some cost to French anti-doping. Being one of the 32 accredited labs worldwide, the Chatenay-Malabry lab is often the focal point of testing during the Tour de France.

Additionally, the lab is famed for establishing the first test for EPO (erythropoietin) in 2000 whilst also being used in 2005 to test Lance Armstrong's B-samples from the 1999 Tour de France.

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