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Anti-Doping Foundation takes initiative to develop new doping control system

Professor Arne Ljungqvist is a former IOC member. (Photo/ Usher Komugisha, AIPS Young Reporter, Uganda)

STOCKHOLM, March 16, 2018 - Professor Arne Ljungqvist's Anti-Doping Foundation has decided to take the initiative to start the development of a new doping control system in order to secure the integrity of the doping control process.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) initiated in January 2018 an investigation into a potential integrity issue with the new generation BEREG-KIT Geneva security bottles and will recommend appropriate measures, if needed, in order to maintain the integrity of the doping control process. WADA was informed by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Cologne, Germany, that security bottles of the new generation ‘BEREG-KIT Geneva’, introduced in September 2017 by Swiss manufacturer Berlinger Special AG (Berlinger), may potentially be susceptible to manual opening ‘upon freezing’ of a sample.

In a press information on the 10th of March 2018, the Berlinger company announced “…that they cease production of its doping control kit in the medium term. To avoid jeopardizing current anti-doping activities, the company will continue to supply its present customers at their request for a transitional period, in agreement with the World Anti-Doping Agency…”

Development of a new secure doping control system

The potential integrity issue with the BEREG-KIT and Berglingers decision to cease production of the doping control kits, calls for an immediate action to develop a modern secure, reliable and trustworthy doping control system for sports and other testing segments, says Professor Arne Ljungqvist.

After consultation with various stakeholders Arne Ljungqvist Anti-Doping Foundation has decided to take the initiative to establish a research and development (R&D) project with the purpose to develop a secure sample collection system.

The development project has been set up in collaboration with a team from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.

The project team consists of:

Staffan Sahlström, Project Leader (Board Member Arne Ljungqvist Anti-Doping Foundation)

Dr Alex Jonsson (Assistant Professor KTH)

Staffan Movin (KTH Executive School)

Donnie SC Lygonis (Innovation Strategist & Business Coach, KTH Innovation)

Daniel Sandvik (Industrial Designer, Oxyma Innovation)

The project will seek collaboration with the Doping Control Laboratory at Huddinge Karolinska Hospital, the Karolinska Institute, as well as leading international researcher and sport administrators (such as World Anti-Doping Agency).

The Arne Ljungqvist Anti-Doping Foundation will utilize its extensive international network of professors, sport administers, athletes, educators and other experts in order to develop and implement the system.

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