23 Apr 2012 - The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today marked the successful accreditation of the anti-doping laboratory for the Games.
The laboratory will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week
during London 2012, and will analyse more than 6,250 samples.
The accreditation, granted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), is the final seal of approval for the laboratory which is provided by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and operated by King’s College London.
LOCOG Head of Anti-Doping Jonathan Harris said: 'The WADA accreditation is a green light signal that the lab is ready.
'The successful partnership between LOCOG, GSK and King’s has enabled us to present to WADA a brilliant laboratory for King’s to operate at Games time.'
The WADA accreditation process, which took place over a two-year period, was based on two international standards – ISO/IEC 17025, and the International Standard for Laboratories – which required the laboratory to undergo a series of rigorous tests to establish its analysis credentials.
WADA President John Fahey said: 'Achieving WADA accreditation means that the London 2012 anti-doping laboratory will operate to the highest standards of sample analysis during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
'Doping athletes must know that there is a very good chance they will be tested this summer and that everything scientifically possible – and with the assistance of growing intelligence – will be done to make sure that their efforts to cheat are detected by the experts at the laboratory.'