RMTC Approves Three More Laboratories

The Horseracing Testing Laboratory Committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has approved full accreditation of three laboratories, it announced April 30.

The newly accredited laboratories are the Industrial Laboratories in Wheat Ridge, Colo.; the Ohio Department of Agriculture laboratory in Columbus, Ohio; and Truesdail Laboratories in Tustin, Calif.

Laboratories accredited by the RMTC are responsible for the testing of samples for 23 of the 34 racing jurisdictions in the United States. The latest additions bring to five the total of laboratories that are fully RMTC-accredited. The others, accredited in 2013, are the University of California, Davis, Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory and the LGC Sports Science Laboratory in Lexington, Ky.

"We applaud these laboratories for expending significant time and resources to achieve compliance with the RMTC Laboratory Accreditation standards for expertise and proficiency," said RMTC chairman Alex Waldrop. "RMTC Accreditation is built upon protocols established by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the gold standard in human competition."

Dionne Benson, DVM, executive director of the RMTC. Added, "While the goal remains to have 100% of the laboratories that are testing horse racing samples RMTC-accredited, we are encouraged by having the majority of racing jurisdictions working with RMTC-accredited laboratories."

Each laboratory receiving RMTC accreditation has first been ISO 17025 certified, which is the international standard for analytical laboratories. Additionally, they must:

  • Submit an application which is reviewed by an independent auditor;
  • Successfully complete a multi-day laboratory site inspection with an internationally recognized expert in the field; and
  • Pass two rounds of the RMTC External Quality Assurance Program proficiency sample testing, which measures the ability of the laboratory to identify, detect, and quantify (where appropriate) substances of concern in horse racing.

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