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Testing Procedures

You should feel prepared and know what to expect when notified that you are to be tested by Doping Control.

It is important to know your rights and responsibilities, including what may happen if you are unable to provide a sample.

The procedures of doping control are:

  • Notification of selection for a drugs test
  • Reporting for testing
  • Selecting a collection vessel
  • Providing the sample under supervision
  • Selecting the sampling kit
  • Dividing and sealing the sample
  • Testing the suitability of the sample
  • Recording and certifying the information

When you are required for a drugs test, you will be notified by a Doping Control Officer (DCO) or a Witnessing Chaperone. They will show you their identification and notify you that you have been selected. You will need to report with the Chaperone or DCO to the Doping Control Station. You will be accompanied at all times by the Chaperone or DCO.

The DCO/Witnessing chaperone

  • Will be the same gender as you
  • Will request a clear and unobstructed viewing of the passing of urine
  • Will not handle the sample collection vessels or the A and B bottles before the sample is sealed

Know your rights and responsibilities

From notification of doping control athletes have the right to:

  • See official identification and evidence of the DCO or Witnessing Chaperone's authority to carry out the test
  • Be accompanied by a representative of their choice to the Doping Control Station
  • Request a delay in reporting to the Doping Control Station for valid reasons
  • Request a DCO or Witnessing Chaperone of the same gender to observe the provision of the sample
  • Ask for additional information about the sample-collection process
  • Comment on the testing procedures for each test taken by the athlete
  • Receive a copy of the doping control form after the test has been taken
  • Ensure confidentiality: no name should be on any documentation intended for the laboratory
  • Request modifications if they are a minor (under 18 years old) or have a disability

Athletes have a responsibility to:

  • Remain within direct observation of the DCO/Chaperone at all times
  • Produce photographic identification
  • Comply with sample collection procedures
  • Report immediately for a test, unless there are valid reasons for a delay

Valid reasons for a delay in reporting to the Doping control Station

In-Competition Testing:

  • Participation in an award ceremony
  • Fulfilment of media commitments
  • Competing in further competitions
  • Performing a warm-down
  • Obtaining necessary medical treatment
  • Locating a representative and/or interpreter
  • Obtaining photo identification
  • Any other exceptional circumstances which may be justified and which shall be documented

Out-of-Competition Testing:

  • Locating a representative
  • Completing a training session
  • Receiving necessary medical treatment
  • Obtaining photo identification
  • Any other exceptional circumstances which can be justified and which shall be documented

After your test

After your test you will need to wait for the results. If your result does not present an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) you will not hear anything afterwards. If your result does represent an AAF you will be contacted by a letter via recorded delivery and can then either apply for a TUE or request that the B-sample is tested. British Triathlon encourages athletes to contact us for support following taking an anti-doping test



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