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Anti-Doping Testing: WADA Releases Professional Standard for Practitioners

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released the Professional Standard for Testing Practitioners to augment the knowledge and skills of the global anti-doping workforce.

The publication of the standards acts as a crucial milestone in the WADA’s Global Learning and Development Framework (GLDF) initiative. Several additional contexts have been added to the pre-existing list of Professional Standards and Role Descriptors.

The Standards were formulated by a Technical Working Group that comprised professionals and stakeholders representing various regions around the world, thus leading to the Standards being published in three different languages – English, French, and Spanish. The stakeholders from the different regions primarily outlined the roles for a given anti-doping role, the prospective standard of competence, and the knowledge and skills used to perform the role.

The intent behind WADA publishing the Standards is to encourage organisations and stakeholders to build the workforce expertise that facilitates the execution of anti-doping programmes. Evaluation and development of professional competencies through recognition of opportunities for improvement are the fundamental goals behind the composing of the Standards.